No interference in PEMRA affairs, says minister

Information minister says govt considers PEMRA’s opinion as valid

ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) is an independent institution and the government does not want to interfere in its affairs.

Talking to journalists on Wednesday, he said that he did not consider it appropriate to give opinion on the matters of PEMRA. He said that the government considers the opinion of PEMRA authority as valid and no minister should have the power to influence closure or opening of any transmission.

To a question, the minister said that PEMRA had asked for legal opinion on the matter of Defence Ministry's complaint against Geo TV and it needed some time as all legal aspects had to be taken in view. Now, the Law Ministry has given its legal opinion in this regard, he said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a committee comprising all stakeholders and members of representative media organizations to formulate a unanimous code of conduct regarding media.

Pervaiz Rashid said the forces were a highly dignified institution and “we need to point out those elements which want to create division among the national institutions.” The minister said that cable operators should not take law into their hands as nobody was above the law.

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