PEMRA suspends ARY News license for airing Imran Khan’s speeches despite ban

Web Desk 11:43 AM | 6 Mar, 2023
PEMRA suspends ARY News license for airing Imran Khan’s speeches despite ban
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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Monday suspended ARY News' license for broadcasting speeches of defiant Pakistani leader Imran Khan.

The order was issued under Section 10 of the country’s media watchdog Ordinance.

“Reference is invited to Prohibition Order dated 05-03-2023 wherein all the licensees were directed to refrain from airing/broadcasting/rebroadcasting of speech(s)/press talks (recorded or live) of Mr. Imran Khan on their respective TV channels with immediate effect,” the notification reads.

PEMRA maintained that ARY Communications Ltd. (ARY News) on March O5, 2023, in its news bulletin at 9:00 pm aired clips of Imran Khan's speech delivered at Zaman Park, Lahore. The news channel aired referred to content in willful defiance of the Prohibition Order.

The development comes as PEMRA banned broadcasting live or recorded speeches of former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels.

The development comes as PTI chairman addressed party workers outside his Zaman Park residence in Lahore and said that he had never “bowed before any man or institution, and will never let you do so as well”.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and other activists denounced PEMRA's ban on Imran Khan's speeches on electronic media. "We have always opposed measures to curb voices in the past - whether under the previous government or earlier - and we stand by our commitment to freedom of speech," the commission said on Twitter.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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