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
Don’t worry, the option of The Court will be exhausted by PEMRA very soon
It was more of a war against the LEADING channel maafia. Leading channel owner wants to introduce DTH in Pakistan and currently we only have 160 channels and dont need DTH. Government have recently forced cable operators to get digitalis and on which C.Os have spend a lot of money and according to them ,before recovering that amount, They cant jump tp DTH
ھمارا میڈیا خاصکر جیو زبردستی انڈین یا مغربی خیالات اور لابی کی چیزیں عوام کو دیکھاتا ھے اور اپنے ھی ملک اور اداروں کیخلاف زھر اگلتا ھے جو بیحد شرم اور افسوس کا مقام ھے
جیو جیسے کسی دوسرے ملک میں ھوتے تو ban لگ جاتا
Geo is crying why geo didn’t got the permission in bidding ! I think chairman PEMRA doing a good job .
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HELLO ALL HOW ARE YOU
Salam to all
what r you doing
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