Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday banned TV host and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf member Dr Amir Liaquat from appearing on any TV channel in Pakistan for thirty days after ruling that he had violated several sections of PEMRA Ordinance in a TV programme a day ago.
The media regulator, in a notification issued, stated that 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 question.
PEMRA notes that Dr Liaquat “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 this incident, Dr Liaquat “quit the show, leaving the live platform for the guest Ulemas who exchanged quite harsh arguments,” the notification adds.
PEMRA said the show’s content violated Section 20(b), (c) (f) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 among others, noting that Dr Liaquat “is misusing/abusing the platform without adhering to the provisions of PEMRA rules”.