IHC issues contempt notice to acting Pemra chairman

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court on Friday issued a contempt of court notice to Acting Chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Pervez Rathore for violating court orders.

The notice was issued by Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi on a contempt of court application filed by Fareeha Iftikhar and Israr Ahmed Abbasi, two private members of the authority. The petition had contended that Rathore was functioning despite the IHC’s June 9 orders.

Abbasi and Iftikhar had challenged the appointment of Rathore as acting PEMRA chairman and Justice Qureshi on June 9 had ruled that “status quo shall be maintained” until June 17. Following today’s proceedings, the court issued a contempt notice to the acting PEMRA chairman and directed him to appear before it and submit a reply on the matter in 10-day time.

In the June 9 order, Justice Qureshi had also decided to hold joint hearing of all petitions filed in the IHC on the Pemra issue on June 17 when the court would take a decision about Rathore’s appointment as acting chairman of the authority.

A day after his appointment as acting chairman on June 5, Rathore had ordered the suspension of the Geo News, a private television channel, for 15-day as well as an imposition of Rs100 million fine for defaming the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence.

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