IHC rejects ARY NEW'S appeal against PEMRA'S decision

Sarfraz Ali 04:51 PM | 1 Jun, 2017
IHC rejects ARY NEW'S appeal against PEMRA'S decision
ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed a petition in favour of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in the case titled ‘ARY News vs PEMRA’ and has endorsed the decision of the regulator.

ARY News in January 2016 in its programme "Sawaal Yeh Hai" hosted by Dr Danish had provoked the then Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to take over the government and carry out accountability of the politicians.

PEMRA received a complaint on January 25, 2016, by a citizen Shanila Sikandar against the said programme. Following the necessary procedure and after hearing both the parties PEMRA imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on the channel for clearly violating Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.

ARY News later challenged the decision in the IHC. However, the IHC single bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb upheld PEMRA decision and endorsed the recommendations of the Council of Complaint agreeing that the host of the programme had provoked the then Army Chief not only to take extension but also hold the politicians accountable.

The court observed the host further went on to pose a question to Gen Raheel Sharif if he would take retirement on November 29, 2016, and leave the country at the mercy of looters and plunderers. In the 8-page judgment, the court mentions that it's another matter that the Army Chief was unmoved by the anchor's enunciation. The said programme was in violation of various clauses of the PEMRA Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.

The Judge observed that he did not find the content in the said programme to be a simple discussion on the improvement of democracy or constituting fair comment. The Court further observed that it was expected that the TV anchors exercised caution and discretion in their denunciations and it is their duty to act strictly within the parameters of the Code of Conduct, 2015. The judge also makes it clear that he doesn't find any illegality or a procedural irregularity in Council of Complaints taking cognizance of the complaint which was referred to the COC by the Chairman PEMRA for recommendations. PEMRA was represented by Advocate Rehan Seerat.-Online

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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