June 14, 2016
ISLAMABAD - Another day, another show cause notice. The erring channel this time - Geo Entertainment. Offence? Telecasting scenes of a suicide and letting an abuse go on air.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) served the notice on the channel for lapses during the program Inaam Ghar hosted by Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain. The authority asked the channel to explain by June 21 why the program in question not be closed down or a fine of Rs1 million not be imposed.
PEMRA said one of the participants, encouraged by the program host, and desperate to win a prize, uttered an abuse - a violation of the code of conduct and the recent directives by the authority.
Meanwhile, PEMRA said it had received hundreds of complaints from viewers against Dr. Aamir's indecent acts and puns on his show in the garb of religion.
PEMRA also said many serving personnel of the Armed Forces and others had expressed their displeasure over the host using the national flag and the Pakistan Army uniform in his promo for commercial purposes. It said dramatizing of the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier to gain popularity for his program had also be objected to by viewers.
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