February 11, 2017
KARACHI – The Sindh High Court Friday withdrew its February 8 order to grant stay to BOL News over a PEMRA ban on its program Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga and host Aamir Liaquat.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority had filed an application in the Sindh High Court Friday seeking review of the court’s earlier decision in light of the Supreme Court’s February 8 orders.
The SHC withdrew its decision of February 8 saying it was not aware of the Supreme Court’s orders.
A single SHC bench of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah ruled that the Supreme Court order stands its ground and the ban on Aamir Liaquat and his program will be in place with immediate effect.
The court warned of strict action in case of violation of its order.
On February 8, a three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim and comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel ordered that BOL News management must respond in writing to a PEMRA show cause notice.
The court said BOL managers should appear before PEMRA to argue their case and let the regulator decide appropriate action.
The Supreme Court clarified that BOL could appeal against PEMRA’s decision before a high court if it felt aggrieved by the regulator’s decision.
On January 27 PEMRA served a show cause notice on BOL for defying a ban it slapped on Aamir Liaquat and his program for making hate speech and inciting violence.
The notice said: “….BOL News in blatant and deliberate violation….not only telecast program Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga but also the host Dr. Aamir Liaquat appeared on BOL News at 22:45 on January 26, 2017. Later the program was re-telecast by the TV management again in violation of the PEMRA orders.”
Pakistan Observer, November 17, 2016