LAHORE - A writ petition was filed in the Lahore High Court yesterday, challenging levy of PTV fee in electricity bills and exhibition of indecent advertisements, dramas and entertainments programmes on television channels.

Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed of PTI had filed the petition through Advocate Sheraz Zaka. The petitioner submitted 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 Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (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. “It is often witnessed that cable operators across the province through their private channels advertise such material, which promotes black magic and pornography,” he added.

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.