BOL license cancelled: game on between PML-N and establishment

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By Kiran Bokhari

(Pak Destiny) Has war between the PML-N government and establishment intensified after Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) revoked the satellite TV licences of M/s Labbaik (Pvt) Ltd namely Bol News and Bol Entertainment (Pak News) after Interior Ministry regretted security clearance of the company’s directors Shoaib A. Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Sheikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat Bashir.

In its 131st Authority Meeting held at PEMRA Headquarters on Tuesday, the Authority took this decision in the light of the recommendations by the Council of Complaints (CoC) Sindh. The council had rendered its opinion after hearing the Channel.

Bol News and Bol Entertainment(Pak News) have been ordered to surrender the original licenses and clear all the outstanding dues.
“Instructions have been given to PakSat to immediately stop the transmission of Bol News and Bol Entertainment (Pak News) which are no more PEMRA’s licensees. Through a separate order, all distribution networks and cable operators have also been directed to take these two channels off air with immediate effect,” a PEMRA order says.

Any violation of PEMRA’s order would have legal consequences for the violators and PEMRA would act against the violators according to law.
The meeting was attended by member Sindh, Sarfaraz Khan Jatoi, member KP, Shaheen Habibullah, Member Punjab, Nargis Nasir, Secretary Information Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah and was chaired by PEMRA Chairman, Absar Alam.
Sources believe that this step is taken by interior ministry on the direction of a top PML-N leader. “Now game is on. It is said the establishment was supporting BOL TV. Now BOL is no more there to spout venom against the Sharif family and PML-N government,” the sources said. Let’s see what’s establishment does? Pak Destiny


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