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Pemra imposes 30-day ban on Dr Amir Liaquat

KARACHI: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has banned Dr. Amir Liaquat for thirty days from appearing on any television channel ruling that he had violated several sections of Pemra Ordinance in a television programme a day ago.

The electronic media regulator, in a notification issued, stated that Amir Liaquat, during his channel’s Ramzan transmission on May 24, had “aired live, un-edited and without any delay” a video call from Gujrat wherein the caller had raised a controversial religious issue.

The regulator notes that the televangelist “merely for creating sensation and in order to achieve maximum rating”, created “unwarranted drama on the basis of religion and hurt the sentiments of different sects and public at large”.

After the incident, Amir Liaquat “quit the show, leaving the live platform for the guest clerics who were engaged in quite harsh arguments, the notification further said.

The Pemra said the show’s content violated Section 20(b), (c) (f) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 among others.

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