Islamabad (Web Desk) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday granted some relief to controversial anchorperson Dr. Amir Liaquat by allowing him to appear on television shows, but upheld a Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) decision to suspend his Ramazan TV show.
On May 25, the electronic media watchdog had slapped a 30-day ban on the television host and politician for creating “unwarranted drama” on religious matters during a segment of his programme aired last Friday.
Pemra had noted that Dr Liaquat “merely for creating sensation and in order to achieve maximum rating” had created “unwarranted drama on the basis of religion and hurt the sentiments of different sects and the public at large”.
After inciting sectarian animosity, Dr Liaquat had “quit the show, leaving the live platform for the guest ulemas who exchanged quite harsh arguments”, the notification had observed.
The regulatory body had subsequently not only banned Hussain from appearing on any TV channel in Pakistan for a month, but also suspended the broadcast of all programs hosted by him on Bol TV.
Hussain, however, challenged the Pemra directive in the high court.
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, who heard his plea, ruled that Pemra could not impose a blanket ban on an anchorperson since the regulatory body only has the power to take specific broadcasts off air.
The court ruled that, therefore, banning an anchorperson did not fall under Pemra’s authority.