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LHC moved against PEMRA over live coverage of Nawaz, Dar

Petitioner says regulator violated its own directions regarding ban on live coverage of fugitives, proclaimed offenders

A petition was moved to the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for allowing live speeches of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar on television channels.

Munir Ahmed, a local citizen, filed the petition through Advocate Azhar Siddique and made PEMRA and others as respondents. The petitioner submitted that PEMRA had put a ban on live coverage and speeches of fugitive and absconders. He said Nawaz Sharif was a fugitive and the same was the status of Ishaq Dar but despite all that PEMRA allowed live coverage and speeches of both the leaders. Ahmed said that PEMRA by doing so had committed violation of its own directions and policies. He asked the court to order the authority to ensure implementation on its own directives and policies regarding ban on live coverage of the fugitives and proclaimed offenders on the television channels.

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Bilal Yasin attack: Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) summoned the accused persons for indictment in a case pertaining to gun attack on PML-N lawmaker Bilal Yasin. ATC Judge Abhar Gull heard the case and directed the suspects to appear in person on Sept 9.

The suspects included Mian Haseeb alias Mian Vicky, Asad Hamid, Hamid Mehmood, Majid Hussain, Kashmi, Zulfiqar, Maroof Ali alias Pappu and Mohsin Manzoor.

Majid Hussain, the alleged shooter, and Qasid alias Kashi were already in police custody.

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Bilal Yasin got injured in the armed attack in Lahore’s Salamat Mohalla on Mohni Road on Dec 31. Two unidentified men on a motorcycle opened fire at him, as a result of which sustained bullet wounds and was subsequently taken to Mayo Hospital.

The first information report (FIR) of the incident was registered at the Data Darbar police station on the MPA’s complaint. It contains Sections 34 (common intention) and 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

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