IHC summons Pemra high official in PTM social accounts case

Court disposes of plea seeking removal of PTM leader’s name from ECL

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Basharat Raja

ISLAMABAD

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed DG Operations Pemra to appear before it in person on the petition seeking ban on media coverage and social media accounts in respect of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and Ismail Gulalai.

Justice Amir Farooq remarked summoning written reply from NAB and PEMRA means two and three months will pass. PEMRA offices should assist the court. This is not matter of any institution or an individual but it is case of public interest.

IHC bench headed  by Justice Amir Farooq took up for hearing petitions filed by Col (Retd) Javed Iqbal  seeking ban on media coverage and social media accounts in respect of PTM  and Gulalai Ismail Thursday.

DG Internet Protocol PTA Ansar Ahmad appeared in the court in person. He took the plea that secure sites on foreign social media cannot be blocked from Pakistan.

The court remarked why any officer from Pemra has not appeared.  Seeking written replies from NAB and PEMRA means two or 3 months will go by. If Pemra starts ensuring implementation of its code of conduct then these issues will stand abolished.

Justice Amir Farooq remarked  almost all watch  TV.  80 per cent material which runs on TV from 2000 hrs to 2400 hrs at night is in violation of code conduct. It is mentioned in code of conduct nothing can be said against state institutions. No comment can be offered on pending hearing cases.  This is not issue of any one institution or individual but it is case of public interest.

The court while summoning DG Operations PEMRA on next hearing adjourned the hearing of the case till June 30.

Meanwhile, the IHC disposed of petition seeking removal of name of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Gulalai Ismail from ECL by declaring it in-fructuous.

Petition praying for removal of PTM leader GulalaI Ismail name from no fly list came up for hearing before Justice Amir Farooq of IHC Thursday.

Zainab  appeared in the court on behalf of the petitioner Babar Sattar.

The law officer Raja Khalid took the plea that passport of Gulalai Ismail has been returned. Her name is included in ECL. Her name has not been removed from ECL because of her involvement in criminal activities. The court wrapped up the petition declaring it in -fructuous.