Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday decided to ban the current affairs programme “ Off the Record” under Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA ( Amendment) Act 2007.

According to a notification issued here, on January 14, during the programme Off the Record”, hosted by Kashif Abbasi, one of the panelists Faisal Vawda performed very unethical act while starting his arguments on the subject being discussed.

The notification said that the host Kashif Abbasi was quite unprofessional who actually did not intervene or stop the unethical act performed by one of the participants during live show and rather took the entire incident casually and kept smiling. The content aired live during the programme prima facie appeared to be a willful attempt to debase and demean a state institution by dragging it unnecessarily in a debate.

The act of the host is also violation of various clauses of the PEMRA ordinance.

In view of these reasons the competent authority has decided to ban the programme for 60 days starting from January 16 under Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA ( Amendment) Act 2007.

Appearance of the host of the programme Kashif Abbasi has also been banned for 60 days and during this period he will not conduct any other programme on any television channel as host, guest or the expert.