Radical Orya Maqbool Jan banned finally by PEMRA for fanning extremism for 30 days

By Iram Salim

  (Pak Destiny) Finally the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned ‘Harf-e-Raaz’ program of radical Orya Maqbool Jan on NEO TV, for 30 days for inviting the Taliban spokesman in his program.

   According to PEMRA, Orya Maqbool Jan, on Dec 4, 2018, in which he invited spokesperson of banned outfit “Tehreek-e-Taliban” on live ll in the show and solicited his views on national and foreign policy of the government of Pakistan vis-à-vis national security issues. 

    Similarly, the channel was issued another show cause notice on Dec 12, 2018 for the same program for airing insulting remarks of Mr. Orya Maqbool Jan against “Pashtoons”. In case of non-compliance, strict legal action shall be initiated under Section 29 & 30 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act, 2007 and 2018 which may result in suspension/ revocation of license.”    It said section 20 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act, 2007 and 2018, Rule 15 (1) of PEMRA Rules 2009 read with Clause 3(1)(d), 3(1)(f), 3(1)(l), 3(3), 4(7)(c), 4(10), 5, 12, 13, 17, 23 & 24 of Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct-2015, Article 5 of Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Section 11-W of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 and orders of the Hon’ble Baluchistan High Court in the matter of CP No. 227/2013 dated 02.05.2013. 

   The prohibition is in pursuance to the show cause notices issued to NEO TV on 07.12.2018 for violating the laws of land, orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan, High Courts, PEMRA laws as well as Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct, 2015 for airing programme “Harf-e-Raaz” for 30 days.

    This extremist anchor Jan should not be put under suspension for 30 days… may be 3000 days for his radical views which Pakistan cannot afford. Pak Destiny 

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