LAHORE: The Lahore High Court today issued notice to federal government, ministry of information and broadcasting, PEMRA Chairman and Pakistan Television in a petition challenging levy of PTV fee in electricity bills and exhibition of indecent advertisements, dramas and entertainments programmes on television channels.

During the course of hearing, Advocate Sheraz Zaka, the counsel of Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, told the court that PEMRA is not keeping checks and balance on cable operators mafia showing indecent advertisements through promotion of Indian porn stars; a blatant violation of indecent advertisements prohibition act 1963. The counsel argued that Indian porn stars Sunny Leon and others are being promoted by showing indecent advertisements by cable operators mafia, which is a violation of indecent advertisements.   Beside it, he argued that the levy of monthly PTV fee in electricity bills is exorbitant and confiscatory from citizens, whereas, majority of the citizens no longer obtain the service of the state run television channel. He stated everyone knows that the state channel is being used for no other useful purpose except facilitation of official propaganda.

 He further stated that the PEMRA had failed to perform its statutory obligation and its lack of enforcement of Indecent Advertisement Prohibition Act 1963 has resulted in polluting the minds of youth as it often witness that cable operators across the province through their private channels advertise such material, which promotes black magic and pornography.

 The petitioner prayed to the court to declare the levy of the PTV fee in the electricity bills null and void and also order PEMRA to take punitive measures against cable operators for violating the code of conduct.

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued notice to the federal government, ministry of information and broadcasting, PEMRA and Pakistan Television. The court put off further hearing until May 31.