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SC allows Lucman to conduct talk show

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order regarding the imposition of ban on TV anchor Mubashir Lucman to conduct “Khara Sach” programme. 
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk heard the appeal petition filed by the TV anchor against IHC decision. Irfan Qadir Advocate while presenting the TV anchor, pleaded to the court that his client was even not heard before the verdict given by the IHC. The top court accepted his appeal and suspended the IHC decision regarding the restriction of airing Khara Sach TV programme.
The court also issued notices to the respondants including Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Geo and Attorney General for Pakistan Salman Butt and adjourned the hearing for indefinite period. Earlier, the IHC directed the ban on Mubashir Lucman from conducting any programme on the basis of petition filed by Shuhda Foundation.
Meanwhile, Additional District and Session Judge Islamabad (West) Wajid Ali on Thursday issued arrest warrants of the owner of ARY Network Salman Iqbal, anchorperson Mubashir Lucman, Aqeel Karim Dhedhi and Naeem Hanif in a criminal case regarding the defaming of Geo group. The accused were alleged to have defamed and make serious allegations against senior journalists and top management of Pakistan’s largest and most popular media group, Geo and Jang the complainant prayed in the court.
The court assigned the case to an inquiry officer who submitted his findings in the court and suggested that the accused be prosecuted under sections 500 and 501 of PPC. While hearing the criminal complaint the session court issued arrest warrants of the accused on failing to appear before the court in person. Two other respondents in the petition Sabir Shakir Bureau Chief ARY and Bureau Chief Lahore Arif Hameed were directed to submit Rs 50,000 surety bonds for their bail.

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