IHC serves contempt notice on ARY anchor, CEO

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday issued contempt notices to acting chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Pervaiz Rathore, Information Secretary Nazir Saeed, ARY TV anchor Mubashir Lucman and ARY TV Chief Executive Suleman Iqbal, directing them to appear in person before the court. A single-member bench of the IHC of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the petition filed by the District Bar Association Islamabad (DABI) which called for action against the ARY TV for “airing derogatory remarks against the superior judiciary”. During the hearing of the case, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui remarked, “A commission should be appointed to expose the journalists having contacts with different embassies, and who are taking funds and gifts from them.” He said that “luxury vehicles were given to them and it is high time to expose and investigate them”. “Judiciary believes in the independence of media and respects it, but no one has the right to propagate his agenda,” Siddiqui said. Syed Nayyab Hassan Gardezi, former president of DBAI, stated before the court that derogatory programmes are being aired on the TV, but no action has been taken by the government or PEMRA in this regard. He took the plea that judiciary was restored due to the untiring efforts of the legal fraternity, but some elements are unable to tolerate independence of judiciary. Gardezi said the ARY TV programmes were targeting the superior judiciary. “It indicates that an anchorperson of a private TV channel and its chief executive officer are working under a specific agenda to malign the judiciary,” he said and prayed to the court to initiate contempt proceedings against anchor Mubashir Lucman, Suleman Iqbal, Pervaiz Rathore and Nazir Saeed. The court issued contempt notices to the aforementioned individuals and adjourned the hearing till first week of July

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