PEMRA Controversy

Mar 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Geo TV, Jang, PEMRA

PEMRAThe News today leads with a troubling story about a PEMRA executive instructing an employee to play games with the broadcast of cricket World Cup on Geo Super. The whistleblowing employee, Regional General Manager of Pemra in Balochistan Gul Muhammad Kakar, provided a document that describes his claim. This case should be investigated to ensure that PEMRA is operating in an objective and fair manner and not targeting any particular media group.

Jang Group which is the owner of Geo is understandably upset, but cries of nefarious plots hatched in the top echelons of power and conspiracies par excellence are premature. Jang Group’s claim that “it has become clear that the government is bent upon bulldozing its way, breaking all laws, trampling upon the rights guaranteed by the highest of courts and the constitution of the country” is an overstatement of the facts as are presently known. Such sensationalism and hyperbole threaten to undermine the cause of objective review of the facts that is required by the course of justice. Certainly there should be “an open and rapid accountability” of anyone involved in attempting to suppress media. But accountability require objective inquiry and not media trials with pre-determined conclusions.

This is a serious accusation that had been made, and it is imperative that the authority of PEMRA not be tarnished by the inappropriate actions of any PEMRA officer. Accordingly, there should be an investigation into the claims of Gul Muhammad Kakar and if any PEMRA officer has acted outside the boundaries of professionalism, he should be sacked immediately. However, the investigation should not be turned into a ‘witch hunt’ and used to score political points and settle personal rivalries. Jang Group needs to let the law take its course and, while defending its own rights, not respond in an extreme manner that undermines its own cause.

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  1. Cable operators criticise media house RECORDER REPORT http://www.brecorder.com/news/general-news/pakistan/1118594:cable-operators-criticise-media-house.html KARACHI (October 31, 2010) : Cable operators on Saturday accused a leading media house of publishing “baseless allegations” through advertisements against them. “Geo and Jang newspaper of the same group are not only levelling baseless allegations against us [cable operators] but are also set to deprive us of our livelihoods,” said Chairman Cable Operators of Pakistan, Khalid Araen at a press conference held at Karachi Press Club. Flanked by Central President of Cable Operators of Pakistan, Malik Furqan; Secretary General, Imran Nadeem; President Khyber Pukhtunkhuwa,Zubair Khalid; Secretary General, Cable Operators of Pakistan Punjab, Chaudhry Tahir Javed; President Cable Operators of Pakistan Azad Kashmir, Khurram Shahzad. President Cable Operators of Pakistan Balochistan, Babrak Khan; Information Secretary Cable Operators of Pakistan, Niaz Shaikh; Vice Chairman Cable Operators of Pakistan Sindh, Sadiq Lakhani; Deputy General Secretary Cable Operators of Pakistan Sindh, Muhammad Faisal; Executive Member Cable Operators of Pakistan, Akhlaq Ahmed. Vice President Cable Operators of Pakistan South Punjab, Jamil Ahmed; President Cable Operators of Pakistan Hyderabad Division, Muhammad Zahid and Secretary General Cable Operators of Pakistan Hyderabad Division, Muhammad Rashid, he said that media house was continuously “blackmailing” operators for its own goals against the national interest. Araen claimed the TV network had broadcast false news against President of Pakistan, triggering a strong public reaction, which resulted in attacks on cable operators’ offices destroying million of rupees cable network. He also appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a suo moto notice of the fresh tussle between the cable operators and Geo TV and that media house.

  2. Jang Group blackmailing govt to evade taxes: cable operators Sunday, October 31, 2010 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\10\31\story_31-10-2010_pg1_4

    * CAP chairman says group owes billions of rupees to govt
    * Appeals to CJP to take notice of campaign against CAP

    Staff Report

    KARACHI: The Jang Group has been blackmailing the government to evade taxes, Cable Operators Association of Pakistan (CAP) Chairman Khalid Arian claimed on Saturday. Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Arian alleged that the group embezzled Rs 2 billion with the help of two officials of the National Bank of Pakistan. He alleged that the group also blackmailed the cable operators, but they remained silent, fearing that their concerns could be taken as part of political confrontation. Arain appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the daily Jang and the Geo Television’s levelling false allegations against the association. Recently, he said, the group provoked the people of the Karachi to refuse to pay monthly fee to the operators by publishing a controversial advertisement. Arain alleged that the Geo Television had put the lives of the army troops at risk when it showed their positions after terrorists attacked on the GHQ inRawalpindi. “It was Geo, which first claimed that Mumbai attack suspect Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani,” he said. He said the people reacted strongly against the CAP when the channel had telecast false news about President Asif Ali Zardari two months ago. He alleged the Geo Television had collected General Sales Tax but it did not deposit it to the national exchequer.

  3. Cable operators accuse Geo, Jang of ‘blackmail’ http://tribune.com.pk/story/70328/cable-operators-accuse-geo-jang-of-blackmail/

    KARACHI: The Cable Operators Association of Pakistan has accused a major media group of resorting to “blackmail” and said it is “inciting consumers to deny cable TV operatorstheir monthly dues” and depriving them of their livelihood.

    Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club here on Saturday, the association’s chairman, Khalid Arain, said: “Geo and Jang have routinely used freedom of expression as a ploy to get their valid and invalid demands”. He was accompanied by president of the COAP Malik Furqan, general secretary Imran Nadeem and Punjab chapter’s secretary Tahir Javed. Khalid Arian said that Geo network was not only leveling false allegations against cable operators, but also trying to deprive them of their livelihood. “We ask if television viewers are paying for just one channel? Are other news and entertainment channels of no value?”

    Urging the government to take legal action against the group, he said that Geo and Jang have been at odds with not only Nawaz Sharif government, but also with the Musharraf regime and other previous governments over just financial matters affecting them. Arian said that the group owes Pemra billions of rupees in dues. He said that group stopped depositing GST from advertisers in the national exchequer and the authorities had come to know about it only in 2007 when the owed amount exceeded billions of rupees. He also claimed that the group took a loan of Rs1 billion from National Bank of Pakistan by over-valuing its machinery used as collateral.

  4. Criticism of Zardari in Pakistan hides a political game By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad 7 August 2010 Last updated at 15:10 GMT http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10901583

    Friendly journalists – Mr Zardari’s supporters believe that cancelling the trip would not have helped him. “He would have been remembered and criticised even if there were no floods in the country,” said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday. And indeed, the current anti-Zardari campaign in the media started before the floods hit the headlines. The criticism began after British Prime Minister David Cameron made remarks in India on 28 July where he accused some in Pakistan of “looking both ways”, exporting terror to neighbouring countries. On 31 July, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported that the chief of the ISI intelligence service, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, had cancelled a scheduled trip to the UK because of Mr Cameron’s remarks, but Mr Zardari was continuing with his planned trip. Pakistan’s ubiquitous TV news presenters began questioning President Zardari’s patriotism and personal integrity. The print media was not far behind. While President Zardari’s European tour had been “reduced to a pleasure trip” after Mr Cameron’s remarks, “the army reacted in a timely and dignified manner” by cancelling the ISI chief’s UK visit, an editorial comment in the Pakistan Observer newspaper said. The News newspaper called Mr Zardari’s visit a “pursuit of his own dynastic aggrandizement”. The floods only intensified this initial criticism. Two significant developments took place on Thursday. Firstly, Bilawal Bhutto denied he was planning to address the Pakistan Peoples’ Party rally in Birmingham, one of the main reasons for Mr Zardari’s trip. Secondly, Prime Minister Gilani informed journalists that the ISI chief had not, in fact, scheduled a visit to the UK in the first place. Many quarters insist Bilawal Bhutto’s “cancellation” of an appearance at the Birmingham show may be the result of a rethink on the part of Mr Zardari’s advisers to minimise political damage. But what about the confusion over the story about the ISI chief’s visit to the UK? The initial report on Geo TV had come from mysterious, unnamed sources. And even more mysteriously, the army’s media wing – which normally keeps a hawkish eye on the news, correcting reports at the first possible stage – had not stepped in to clarify the report. The ties between the military and the media are strong. The military often use the media to protect its hold on the giant corporate empire which it has built. In the 1980s the military did this through open censorship. Since the 1990s it has evolved subtler ways. It controls almost all access to big stories, and has therefore been able to raise a corps of “friendly” journalists who now control most key jobs in Pakistani media due to their “contacts”. President Zardari’s supporters suggest the media could have made up the story of the ISI cancelling its trip to the UK in order to spark an anti-Zardari campaign, which intensified as the scale of the flood damage became clear.

  5. ’بارہ نجی چینلز ٹیکس ڈیفالٹر ہیں‘
    آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 14 مئ
    2010 ,‭ 14:28 GMT 19:28 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/05/100514_channels_tax_defaulters.shtml

    ’بارہ نجی چینلز ٹیکس ڈیفالٹر ہیں‘
    جیو ٹی وی
    پاکستان کے وزیر محنت و افرادی قوت سید خورشید احمد شاہ نےقومی اسمبلی کو بتایا ہے کہ ٹیکس نادہندگان میں بارہ نجی ٹی وی چینلز بھی شامل ہیں اور ان کی طرف حکومت کے تقریباً پونے تین ارب روپے کے ٹیکس بقایاجات ہیں۔
    جمعہ کو حکومت اور حزب مخالف کے بعض اراکین کے توجہ دلاؤ نوٹس کا جواب دیتے ہوئے انہوں نے بتایا کہ اِن ٹی وی چینلز نے یہ رقم اشتہارات کے مد میں حاصل تو کی ہے لیکن حکومت کو ادا نہیں کر رہے۔
    خورشید شاہ کے مطابق ٹیکس نادہندگان میں سرِفہرست جیو ٹی وی ہے جس کے ذمے ایک ارب ارسٹھ کروڑ روپے ہیں۔
    جیو ایک ارب اڑسٹھ کروڑ، اے آر وائی ون انتالیس کروڑ ستر لاکھ روپے، ٹی وی ون آٹھ کروڑ، پلے ٹی وی دو کروڑ، سماء ٹی وی ایک کروڑ اڑتیس لاکھ، ہم ٹی وی ستاون لاکھ، انڈس ٹی وی سولہ کروڑ جبکہ ایم ٹی وی ساٹھ کروڑ روپے کا ڈیفالٹر ہے۔
    انہوں نے بتایا کہ اس کے علاوہ اے آر وائی ون انتالیس کروڑ ستر لاکھ روپے، ٹی وی ون آٹھ کروڑ، پلے ٹی وی دو کروڑ، سماء ٹی وی ایک کروڑ اڑتیس لاکھ، ہم ٹی وی ستاون لاکھ، انڈس ٹی وی سولہ کروڑ جبکہ ایم ٹی وی ساٹھ کروڑ روپے کا ڈیفالٹر ہے۔
    اسلام آباد میں بی بی سی کے نامہ نگار اعجاز مہر کا کہنا ہے کہ توجہ دلاؤ نوٹس کے ذریعے پوچھا گیا تھا کہ ایک کروڑ یا اس سے زیادہ رقم کے ٹیکس نادہندگاں کی فہرست میں کون کون شامل ہیں اور ان کے نام ایوان میں پیش کریں لیکن ایوان میں مالیات کے وزیر کی جگہ جواب دیتے ہوئے سید خورشید شاہ نے صرف میڈیا گروپس کے نام پیش کیے اور بتایا کہ کسٹم ڈیوٹی کے مد میں تراسی افراد/ کمپنیوں کے ذمے چالیس کروڑ روپے کے ٹیکس بقایاجات ہیں۔

    آئے روز ٹی وی چینلز پر حساب مانگا جاتا ہے اور آج پتہ چلا ہے کہ میڈیا خود ڈیفالٹر ہے۔ آئندہ ہم ان سے سوال کریں گے کہ پہلے خود ٹیکس دو پھر ہم سے پوچھیں۔

    شیخ وقاص اکرم
    مسلم لیگ (ق) کے رکن ریاض فتیانہ نے کہا کہ سیاستدان تو اگر آبیانہ یا کسی گیسٹ ہاؤس کے چارجز ادا نہ کرے تو وہ انتخاب نہیں لڑ سکتا لیکن اتنے بڑے ڈیفالٹرز کے خلاف کارروائی کیوں نہیں ہوتی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ٹیکس نادہندہ کوئی بھی ہو حکومت ان سے ٹیکس وصول کرے ۔ ان کے مطابق اگر پاکستان میں بڑے بڑے مگر مچھ ایمانداری سے ٹیکس ادا کریں تو ملک کو کشکول لے کر پھرنے اور قرضوں کی ضرورت نہیں پڑے گی۔
    شیخ وقاص اکرم کا کہنا تھا کہ آئے روز ٹی وی چینلز پر حساب مانگا جاتا ہے اور آج پتہ چلا ہے کہ میڈیا خود ڈیفالٹر ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا ’آئندہ ہم ان سے سوال کریں گے کہ پہلے خود ٹیکس دو پھر ہم سے پوچھیں‘۔
    جس پر سید خورشید شاہ نے کہا کہ انیس سو ستتر سے لے کر آج تک بینکوں سے قرض معاف کرانے اور ٹیکس چوری کرنے والے سیاستدانوں، میڈیا گروپس، کاروباریوں اور دیگر کی فہرست آئندہ اجلاس میں ایوان میں پیش کریں گے۔
    شیخ وقاص اکرم، ریاض فتیانہ اور عبدالقادر خانزادہ نے کہا کہ سیاستدانوں کا بھی بتائیں کہ کون کتنا ٹیکس دیتا ہے؟۔ جس پر سید خورشید شاہ نے کہا کہ وہ یہ تفصیلات بھی آئندہ ایوان میں پیش کریں گے۔

  6. The News, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman slammed by Zulfiqar Mirza
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QscmAhleDrI

  7. Defamation charges: Mirza files privilege motion against Jang Group By Hafeez Tunio Published: March 16, 2011 http://tribune.com.pk/story/132852/mirza-moves-privilege-motion-against-english-daily/

    KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza submitted a privilege motion against the English and Urdu dailies of Jang Group, The News and Daily Jang for publishing a news story titled “Mirza to be shown the door in 12 days”. In his resolution, Mirza said that “The report gives credit to the delay in my removal to my wife, Dr Fehmida Mirza, who is the speaker of the national assembly and has repeatedly said that my immediate removal would be insulting for our family.” He said that the report has defamed him and his family and breached his privilege as a member of the assembly. “I hold the publisher of the newspapers and the editor of the news desk accountable for this breach of my privilege and request that they be summoned to the Standing Committee of the Sindh Assembly on Rules and Privileges to disclose the sources,” he maintained.

    In a very emotional speech, Mirza said that Jang Group had started a campaign against him after he refused to give incentives to the publisher. “He sent me a request through a reporter of his group asking if I could help him in the allotment of a plot worth Rs200 million, but I refused. Later, the anchors and reporters of his television channel and newspapers launched a campaign against me,” he said. He said that the owner of Jang Group evaded taxes, and was using different tactics to blackmail the government. During Mirza’s speech, members of the PPP thumped their desks chanting “shame, shame”.

    Warning the owner of Jang Group, Mirza said, “If he does not stop publishing fabricated stories against me and other party leaders, than I will disclose the secrets of the publisher from the time he was studying at Saint Patrick’s School,” he said. He further said, “There are reports that I am an incompetent minister, but I want to clarify here that I would prefer to work as a worker of the party and will step down in a second, if asked to do so. I don’t belong to the Makhdooms of Multan who stick to their portfolios,” he said.

  8. Crap All Round WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 http://cafepyala.blogspot.com/2010/10/crap-all-round.html
    The Jang Group has become so obsessed with quickly seeing the back of the government and is probably salivating so much over the prospects of threatened long marches that sometimes it gets muddled up in its excitement… This is the heading from yesterday’s daily Jang about Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani trying to reassure people – dreading a government-Supreme Court showdown in court today (October 13) – that nothing bad would happen. The headline reads: “13 March Ko Kuchh Nahin Hoga…” [Nothing will happen on March 13…].

  9. How Jang Group/GEO TV Played with Fire?
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-jang-groupgeo-tv-played-with-fire.html

  10. میڈیا اور ججز:’رد عمل ذرا زیادہ تھا‘
    آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 15 اکتوبر 2010 , 15:46 GMT 20:46 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2010/10/101015_judges_asma.shtml

  11. Watch in the video below, Abbas Ather reveals without naming that it was a newspaper (Jang Group’s (Geo TV’s) newspaper The News) which had first spread a false rumour about the denotification of the Supreme Court judges on 19 January 2010. Try to search that news item via Google. And lo and behold. There is actually a news story in The News on that date. But there is a small problem here. The story has been removed from The News website; most probably very recently. No plan to withdraw judges’ restoration notification – 19 Jan 2010 … ISLAMABAD: There is no plan to withdraw the notification issued on March 17, 2009 for the restoration of deposed judges, including Chief … [even the cache which is usually available is not available]

    Abbas Ather’s conversation with Asma Jahangir in today’s Column Kaar (16 October 2010)- Part 1

    URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNmgi5dL7EY

  12. Why? The reason is simple. The Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry to investigate those who created and disseminated the rumour; the court has asked Geo TV / Jang Group to produce their record as a part of that inquiry. By removing a culpable piece of evidence, Geo TV / Jang Group are trying to play smart. Ain’t they? However, we have been able to retrieve the removed story (which was reported by none other than the Ansar Abbasi / Muhammad Saleh Zaafir duo) from another website [Pakistan Tribune] http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?223604 (which thankfully copy-pasted this report from The News):

    “QUOTE”

    No plan to withdraw judges’ restoration notification The News Tuesday January 19, 2010 (1035 PST)

    ISLAMABAD: There is no plan to withdraw the notification issued on March 17, 2009 for the restoration of deposed judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, said an important minister. He was responding to a question of this correspondent about reports that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition government was planning to technically knock out the judiciary in a ‘democratic way’.

    But according to sources, the tug of war between the Pakistan People’s Party and the judicial echelon is not yet over. The PPP-led coalition government is planning to deal with the judiciary in a ‘democratic way’. The defiance strategy focuses on the use of constitutional means to make the judiciary toothless and powerless, said a highly reliable source.

    However, the important minister who was initially reluctant to respond saying he was not the relevant person to talk on this issue, agreed to express his opinion after told that no other official was available. He said such reports were totally false and whatever steps the government would take would be in accordance with the law and Constitution. He said a propaganda campaign was being launched against the government to mislead the people. He said there may be such a proposal from any quarters, but the government had never committed violation of the Constitution. The government has not done anything which may offend the judiciary, he said, adding every proposal is thoroughly examined by the Presidency and the Prime Minister House and there is no chance that such a proposal can find any favourable response there.

    But according to sources, President Asif Ali Zardari has made the PPP to use democracy and constitutionalism as its weapons to fight back. Initially, resilient Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was also given a go-ahead signal on December 19, 2009 to make his allegiance to the president public after his meeting with Zardari. On the same day, the meeting of the PPP Central Executive Committee ended with a defiant mood. Heated speeches in the meeting considered SC decision “as part of a conspiracy”, informed sources said. The source also revealed that the appointment of Dr Babar Awan as law minister is part of the strategy to fight back judiciary with an executive push. Rescinding government notification and introducing a new ordinance protecting NAB beneficiaries are the options to be used by in coming days to put pressure on the Supreme Court.

    Under the same procedural defiance strategy, another highly-placed source said the government intends to withdraw the notification of March 17, 2009 through which the deposed judges of the superior judiciary were restored to the November 2, 2007 position.

    The source disclosed that by withdrawing the notification of March 17, 2009, the Presidency believes that the office of the chief justice will fall vacant, so neither any bench could be constituted nor could be any stay order issued until the appointment of a new chief justice.

    On March 17, 2009, the Law Ministry had issued two separate notifications and Law Secretary Justice Agha Rafiq had read out the notifications in a press conference.

    The first notification stated:

    “Whereas the prime minister of Pakistan was pleased to announce on 16th day of March, 2009 that the deposed judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, including Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the deposed chief justice of Pakistan, shall be restored to the position they were holding immediately before 3rd day of November, 2007.

    “Now therefore, the president of Pakistan is pleased to restore Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the deposed chief justice of Pakistan to the position he was holding immediately before 3rd day of November, 2007. Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will assume office of chief justice of Pakistan on 22nd March, 2009, after retirement of Mr Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Chief Justice of Pakistan on 21st March, 2009.”

    The second notification announced on same day stated:-

    “The prime minister of Pakistan was pleased to announce on 16th day of March, 2009 that the deposed judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, including Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan, shall be restored to the position they were holding immediately before 3rd day of November, 2007:

    “Supreme Court of Pakistan: 1. Mr Justice Javed Iqbal; 2. Mr Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday; 3. Mr Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed; 4. Mr Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad.

    “Lahore High Court: 1. Mr Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif; 2. Mr Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry; 3. Mr Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.

    “High Court of Sindh: 1. Mr Justice Mushir Alam; 2. Mr Justice Maqbool Baqar. “Peshawar High Court: 1. Mr Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan.

    “Now, therefore, the President of Pakistan is pleased to restore the above mentioned deposed judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts to the position they were holding immediately before 3rd day of November, 2007. These judges will assume their office with immediate effect.”

    The source has confided that Law Ministry will be playing a pivotal role in the new strategy. Hence, it was important to replace Afzal Sindhu with Dr Babar Awan as law minister. The NAB beneficiaries in the government ganged together in ousting veteran PPP leader Afzal Sindhu. “Muhammad Afzal Sindhu, a veteran PPP leader having the distinction of being a member of the party’s Central Executive Committee during the days of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is a respected lawyer and constitutional philosopher and was unlikely to agree to being part of this dirty game plan, hence he was sent to the Ministry of Railways last month,” the sources pointed out.

    Secondly, under the same strategy the government will not take any step for reopening of cases in the Swiss court as was directed by the Supreme Court in its short order declared the infamous National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) void ab initio,” pointed out the source.

    According to the source, had the government been serious in implementation of the Supreme Court, there was no need to wait for the detail judgment.

    Thirdly, he said, the government has not appointed Justice (Retd) Khalilur Rehman Ramday as ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court as recommended by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Advice of the chief justice was shelved by Law Ministry.

    The recent spree of aggressive statements by Mr Zardari and PPP leadership is in a wake of being not sure about how army may react if SC throws ‘NAB beneficiaries’ out in a bid to make Pakistan corruption free and ensure that corruption is rooted out of society.

    They are confident that their aggressive posture will make the military to refuse abiding by the Supreme Court order in case Article 190 of the Constitution is invoked by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the source elaborated.

    It may be recalled that Article 190 has so far been invoked only twice and on both the occasions, the military sided with the executive instead of abiding by the orders of the chief justice. He recalled that when Justice Sajjad Ali Shah had invoked Article 190 as chief judge, the-then chief of army staff Gen Jehangir Karamat had forwarded the court order to the Ministry of Defence for further process and hence the military defied the court order because Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held the portfolio of the minister for defence at that time.

    On the second occasion, a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had ordered the state machinery including the corps and formation commanders of the Army on November 3, 2007 not to abide by any unconstitutional order of Gen Pervez Musharraf. But the Army defied the court order and a new Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) was issued by Musharraf, imposing martial law on the pretext of emergency, which was also described as emergency plus.

    The source said that top advisers of the rulers are currently weighing all the available options but majority of them believes that there is no provision in the constitution for the restoration of a chief justice and the executive order through which the judges were restored could be withdrawn anytime.

    It is, however, pertinent to recall here that the federal law secretary, while reading out the two notifications of March 17, 2009, had said as all the deposed judges were reinstated to the position of November 2, 2007, they were not required to take fresh oath. REFERENCE: No plan to withdraw judges’ restoration notification 19 Jan 2010 … ISLAMABAD: There is no plan to withdraw the notification issued on March 17, 2009 for the restoration of deposed judges, including Chief

  13. No plan to withdraw judges’ restoration notification Tuesday January 19, 2010 (1035 PST) http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?223604

  14. Ineligibility of Deedar Hussain Shah & Hidden Ethnic Hatred of PML (Nawaz).
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/03/ineligibility-of-deedar-hussain-shah.html

  15. Dear Moderator,

    Kindly upload/embed this clip because it is very relevant with Jang Group Rumor Mongering: Abbas Ather’s conversation with Asma Jahangir in today’s Column Kaar (16 October 2010)- Part 1

    URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNmgi5dL7EY

  16. Credibility of Shaheen Sehbai, Mir Shakil ur Rahman and Jang Group of Newspapers. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/credibility-of-shaheen-sehbai-mir.html

  17. Jang Group & GEO TV Murdered Salman Taseer & Shahbaz Bhatti (Abbas Athar BBC URDU) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oezMKgwsG0

  18. In Pakistan, we have actresses hosting political talk shows and pseudo-intellectual anchors involved in distorting facts for the benefit of their ‘sponsors’. With no checks in place, the electronic media is getting outrageously bizarre, spreading ignorance among the masses through misleading analysis. Quality comes from education, the attribute being given least importance by our media houses. This scenario will ultimately result in doom and will be a contributing factor in pushing the masses towards the darkness of ignorance.

  19. Pemra issues legal notice to media group By APP Published: March 23, 2011 http://tribune.com.pk/story/136523/pemra-issues-legal-notice-to-media-group/

    ISLAMABAD:

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday strongly condemned “the image-tarnishing and defamatory campaign” launched by a media group against it and the government by deceiving the honourable courts as well as public through concocted stories.

    This was stated in a press release, issued in response to allegations published in The News, a part of the Jang Group which also owns Geo. The News had earlier alleged that Pemra and the government had tried to harm its interests with respect to cricket world cup rights.

    Pemra has clarified that Gul Muhammad Kakar is not an employee of the authority but an employee of the University of Balochistan. Pemra further states that his services were requisitioned by Pemra on deputation for a period of one year in 2008 and on March 2 this year he was relieved and repatriated to Balochistan University. The authority is repatriating all those on deputation who have completed two years or more in Pemra. The authority also said in the press release that Kakar has been trying to get himself absorbed into Pemra permanently and was using various sources to relax rules in his favour.

    According to the press release Pemra started deposing officials on deputation to protect indigenous employees in line with the directive of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and there was no arbitrary or prejudiced action. According to Pemra, Kakar has started malicious propaganda against his repatriation.

    Pemra that the regulatory authority, in pursuance to the orders of Supreme Court, has been taking strenuous efforts to distribute Geo Super uninterruptedly on all cable networks. Pemra is also issuing legal notice to Gul Muhammad Kakar for his defamatory campaign with the backing of the Geo Group against Pemra and the government.

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2011.

  20. Our media, both print and electronic is riddled with the rightist journalists and the columnist. They are ill at ease with the PPP and its leadership. They have never come to terms with it, and with the advent of the cable channels, these media vultures have just found the way to blast at the PPP and to malign their good names. Pro establishment anchors like, Kamran Khan, Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Hamid Mir are busy in making conspiracies against President of Pakistan. Media must understand nation interests and leave pursuing foreign agenda. The people like Kamran Khan who really doesn’t know ABC of journalism are expressing their dreamful wishes on media. These media goons have once again trying to malign image of elected President for their vested interests. After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, the grieved husband and father, forgot his grief and stood out for the Pakistan and raised ‘Pakistan Khappay’ amidst hostility and anger. He kept the country intact and saved it from disintegration. It is his stewardship that has kept the boat of Pakistan afloat all these years. But he is the most favorite target of the yellow cable channels.

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