Geo media group gets yet another relief from court – this time its multi-billion DTH case

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By Raza Ruman

      (Pak Destiny) Mir Shakilur Rehman‘s Ge0 media group again got relief from a Pakistani court. This time its’ plea against direct to home (DTH) in the Lahore High Court (LHC) today admitted which struck down the auction of the license terming the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has violated its own ordinance.

     The LHC said in its ruling today  “We are of the opinion that Section 23(2) of the Ordinance does not mandate any prohibition which would lead Pemra to conclude that it is authorised under the stated Section to oust broadcast media from distribution services and vice versa.  It is in consonance with the spirit if healthy competition and efficient economy”.

     “DTH Regulations have gone beyond the authorised mandate of Section 23(2) of the Ordinance and are inconsistent with the intent of the Ordinance, hence declared to be without lawful authority of no legal effect and are hereby struck down. Needless to mention that the Rules and DTH Regulations shall be made as per the intent of the Ordinance and not in conflict with the Ordinance,” the court order said.

      The judgement, issued by a full bench headed by Justice Ayesha A. Malik, ruled in favour of broadcast petitioners led by Independent Newspaper Corporation (INC). Mir Khalilur Rehman was the founder of the group and his son, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, is the present head of the business house based in Karachi. IMC owns the Jang Group of Newspapers and the Geo TV network. Mir Ibrahim Rahman in the Chief Executive.

     Eminent lawyer Asma Jahangir represented the IMC. She said Pemra will have to hold fresh auction of DTH after LHC judgement.

     Geo group always remains lucky in Pakistan… be it gets entangled with ISI or any other issue. Former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry used to openly defend the group.  Pak Destiny


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