By Sarmad Ali
(Pak Destiny) Anchor Arshad Sharif is finding it hard to defend himself against the report he ran in his talk show about Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan’s visit to London to brief Nawaz Sharif on certain matters especially that his party men were meeting with establishment.
Arshad’s counsel is requesting time from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to defend him in its meeting.
According to Pemra press release, the 46th meeting of the Council of Complaint (CoC) held at the PEMRA headquarters here on Thursday. The CoC took up the complaint filed by Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB) against a report aired in ARY News anchor Arshad Sharif’s programme ‘Power Play’ respectively on Sept 25.
The counsel for Arshad Sharif, Barrister Shoaib Razzaq argued for his client on the occasion while counsel for ARY News, Barrister Masroor Shah sought one-week time for preparation.
Meanwhile, similar complaints in the same matter were filed before the CoC separately by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Pir Aslam Bodla. Therefore, in order to hold a joint hearing in the matter, the CoC while issuing summons to National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Pir Aslam Bodla adjourned the matter for a period of one week i.e. on Friday, October 13.