NA speaker approaches IHC against baseless allegations

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 28 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar
Ayaz Sadiq approached the Islamabad High Court to challenge the order of
the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra)’s Council
of Complaints in which it had dismissed his complaint against a private TV
channel and its anchor, Rauf Klasra.
The petitioner alleged that Rauf Klasra anchor of 92 Channel
leveled false allegations against him of kidnapping father of a
NADRA official to pressurize him to refrain from documenting
evidence of alleged rigging during elections in NA-122, from where
Sadiq won.
He made PEMRA through its Chairman, M/S Galaxy Broadcast
Network (Pvt) Ltd – 92 News – and Klasra respondents in the
petition.
He stated that his authorized person, Abdul Jabbar Ali, the
then Secretary NA, lodged a complaint before PEMRA on September 7,
2016, against the false allegations aired by 92 News on September 6,
2016, through its programme “Muqabil”.
PEMRA referred the application to its Islamabad’s council of
complaints for opinion, which, he said, instead of dealing with the
sensitivity of this issue remained busy about the technicalities.
He said the Council of Complaints proceeded ex-parte on
July 31 “to oblige” channel and its anchor and decided the matter
against all norms of justice.
The speaker has prayed the court to set aside PEMRA’s Counsel
of Complaint order of July 31 and redress grievance of the
petitioner.