ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday halted TV anchor Mubashir Luqman from conducting any programme on any TV channel.–Staff Reporter

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued these directions through an interim order while hearing the civil miscellaneous application of Shohada Foundation of Pakistan Trust (SFPT) through its Trustee Ihtasham Ahmad against the ARY television channel and its anchor Mubashir Luqman for airing contemptuous programmes against the superior judiciary.

The IHC single bench directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ensure that "Mubashir Luqman shall not be allowed to conduct any programme on any TV channel till final decision of the instant writ petition".

The court further added, "If any channel is found accommodating him, strict action in accordance with law may be taken against that channel".

"Let secretary ministry of information, Islamabad and chairman PEMRA be directed to appear in person to explain as to whether there exists any code of conduct for electronic media and anchorpersons who found ridiculing the institutions of the country like judiciary, Army and other sensitive institutions and how many complaints have been filed against such persons and TV channels and what action has been taken so far," said the interim order.

It further stated, "It is a matter of great concern that Mubashir Luqman, anchorperson conducting programme with the name of "Khara Sach" on ARY channel, has been found crossing all the limits of decency, morality and respect for the institutions and limits prescribed by the organic law of the country. His conduct is resulting into spreading hatred against the institution of judiciary, which is totally uncalled for, but surprisingly, neither government nor PEMRA has taken any action against him".

After issuing the afore-mentioned directions, Justice Siddiqui deferred the hearing in this matter till last week of June.