An action was taken under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 against Amir Liaquat. The authority could take action against any programme, channel or person appearing on the screen without any notice under this act.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a show cause notice to Bol News for airing the show ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga‘ again on television. Aamir Liaquat for ‘hate speech’ on his programme on the channel on Friday.
In his shows lately, Mr Liaquat fired shots at Jibran Nasir, a Karachi-based activist and lawyer who has been actively raising a voice for the missing men in recent days. In an application to a police authority on Wednesday, Mr Nasir said that Mr Liaquat had allegedly run an abusive and life-threatening campaign against him in several of his shows, broadcast earlier this month.
“Mr Aamir Liaquat shall not host any programme, or appear on TV in any manner fresh, old or repeat including (but not limited to) as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video beeper, promo/advertisement of his programme or in person, in any manner whatsoever… with immediate effect,” the order issued on Thursday said.
Liaquat, on his show Thursday night, with bold disobedience, openly disregarded the ban and went ahead with his show, hurling abuse at Pemra and criticizing its decision to take his show off air.
Because of which, Bol News was taken off-air in a few areas of the country, while the show was broadcast uninterrupted in other places.
Some comments on social media regarding the order were negative towards PEMRA such as
What happens next, we shall just wait and watch.