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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday issued a show cause notice to Bol News for flouting a ban on television personality Aamir Liaquat for 'hate speech' on his programme 'Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga' on the channel.

Liaquat recently came under fire on social media after he levelled allegations of blasphemy against 'disappeared' civil society activists and bloggers on his programme on Bol News.

Over the past several days, Liaquat had been at odds with other TV anchors and social media activists, going as far as declaring a large chunk of mediapersons and civil society activists as "non-Muslims", "infidels", "enemies of Islam" and "Indian agents".

The regulatory authority banned Liaquat from hosting any programme or appearing on Bol News in any manner, including as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, or in audio, video beepers, promos or advertisement of his programme. If Bol News fails to comply the authority will suspend the channel's licence, the statement said.

However, Liaquat, on his show Thursday night, defiantly flouted the ban and went ahead with his show, hurling abuse at Pemra and criticising its decision to take his show off the air.

As a result, Bol News was taken off-air in certain areas of the country, while the show was broadcast uninterrupted in other localities.

According to the statement issued by Pemra today, Liaquat not only hosted the said programme but also appeared in a promo on the channel the same day the orders were issued and conveyed to Bol News management.

It said that "Bol News in blatant and deliberate violation of aforementioned prohibition orders not only televised the programme 'Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga' but also allowed the host (Liaquat) to appear on Bol News at 22:45 on Jan 26, 2017."

Later, the programme was televised once again by the channel, further violating the Pemra orders.

Pemra termed airing of the TV show as "willful defiance of the orders of the authority, which is a cognisable offence under Sections 29, 30, 33 and 34 of Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by the Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007."

The regulatory authority has directed Bol News to submit an explanation within seven days, as to "why an appropriate action may not be initiated against the licencee for the above referred violation".

"In case, the channel management fails to submit a reply within a period of seven days, the matter shall be proceeded ex-parte in accordance with the Pemra laws," the notice further said.

Rights activist files complaint

Separately, Rawalpindi police on Thursday registered a case against Liaquat under the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) for indulging in hate speech and threatening the life of activist and lawyer Jibran Nasir.

Nasir had filed a complaint with Pemra accusing Liaquat of allegedly running a defamatory and life-threatening campaign against him.

The lawyer, in his complaint, maintained that Liaquat had hurled baseless allegations against him and even termed him an ‘atheist’ besides accusing him of furthering an 'anti-Pakistan' and 'anti-Islam' agenda.

Liaquat did not stop there ─ he went on to assert allegations of blasphemy against Jibran along with accusing him of being the admin of the 'Bhensa' page on social media, the complaint read, a copy of which was also sent to Pemra Chairman Absar Alam.

Comments (41) Closed

Commentator Jan 27, 2017 04:59pm

Criticism is good but painful to say; the presenter is crossing ethical boundaries by humiliating and insulting individuals - firstly by giving funny alias names and getting personal - height of mockery. It feels more bad when we see the presenter also used to be a religious scholar which prohibits strictly these low values.

Ali Jan 27, 2017 05:25pm

Amir liaqat was crossing limits, they should have done this a month ago! Only when things become very obvious, we take action!

Abbasi Jan 27, 2017 05:29pm

pemra can't stop people from wathing amir liaquat show.

Khwarazmi Jan 27, 2017 05:30pm

Bol TV Channel did the right thing. I hope they air his orogram again today. PEMRA decision is directly against tye court order which states that PEMRA can not issue ban notice without tye court of law. Pluss the person who issued the notice turns out to be a Geo man.

The show must go on!!

Ali Hasan Jan 27, 2017 05:33pm

PEMRA has violated court decision

Masoud Jan 27, 2017 05:48pm

Bad way to stop spreading of truth. PEMRA should immediately withdraw this suspension order against Amir Liaquat. BOL TV should approach court to get justice.

Nasir Jan 27, 2017 06:00pm

Good move by PEMRA.

Nadeem Jan 27, 2017 06:19pm

Amir Liaquat should apologise for violating PEMRA order and fight his case on logical grounds.

Shaikh Jan 27, 2017 06:25pm

He should be banned

elli Jan 27, 2017 06:29pm

Thank you so much

Yawar Jan 27, 2017 07:42pm

This is the time to rebuild and unify Pakistan. The last thing we need is for someone in the limelight like Aamir Liaquat to further propagate the division and intolerance that already exists among us.

Houlbelat Jan 27, 2017 07:48pm

It beats my imagination to realise that, this man had been a Minister of State for Religious Affairs a decade back, during Musharraf's time.

Hasan Jan 27, 2017 08:13pm

Meaningless action by pemra taken on behaif of its masters

Ahsan Jan 27, 2017 08:29pm

The style of Aamir Liaquat's addressing any topic is rather aggressive, direct satire and unrealistic. That makes him unpopular in TV program and shows

Asif A. Shah Jan 27, 2017 08:23pm

Is Mr. Aamir Liaquat above the law? Why did he not accept the ban imposed by PEMRA? When the notables do not respect the legal authority they do not set a good example for the public at large. No wonder there is a huge gap between the laws and the actual practice in Pakistan.

Shahid Jan 27, 2017 08:48pm

Finally, Pemra Lost!

Qasar Shazad Jan 27, 2017 08:50pm

Why should he be banned for telling everyone the truth what's going on in Pakistan. Well done amir bai

Dr. Rafiq khan Jan 27, 2017 08:51pm

He's a known attention seeker. Says whatever he thinks will get him the most attention.

Farhan Jan 27, 2017 08:58pm

Amir Liaquat can do anything to gain popularity.

Orator Jan 27, 2017 08:59pm

This entertainer crossed all limits of ethics and decency. He used to pretend as a religious person and conducted various program on TV but he himself could not promulgate religious restrictions and principles. In order to attract more audience for his program he adopted an innovative idea to criticize his counterparts. I think he should not be allowed to continue such program and court should take sue motto action to prevent future brawl.

Shah Jan 27, 2017 09:03pm

We want to watch this program... its telling the truth we know. Courts please over turn the order. Moreover PEMRA is not allowed to issue such order without listening to both side.

layman Jan 27, 2017 09:06pm

And now the court should decide the initial reason for forming the controversial authority,and it's one sided actions. Every citizen has rights for freedom of expression and freedom of speech.Pemra cannot over rule the Constitution.

Justice Jan 27, 2017 09:15pm

Get rid of the person who is misleading PEMRA and targeting those TV news media who are telling the truth and has been exposing PML-N's on going corruptions.

Justwasif Jan 27, 2017 09:45pm

Indecent and partial person

Philosopher(from japan) Jan 27, 2017 09:55pm

He will be back soon. Write my words please.

Goodfor them Jan 27, 2017 10:03pm

more of the same. don't know who aamir is and could apply to anyone. your journalists are losing their ability to report true stories which haven't been out a million times.

SaeEd Jan 27, 2017 10:23pm

@Abbasi you are right people still watch his show because majority of people are like him. It is not politician or landlords it is Pakistani who are destroying Pakistan

a. Ali Jan 27, 2017 10:38pm

we need to improve upon our education and educational system. all problems will be resolved... at least we should have a decent media face.

Muhammad Zeeshan Khan Jan 27, 2017 10:54pm

Its a freedom of Speech Amir Liaquat and 1000% right to give his opinion.They should not ban his show!!! Moreover if you argue people got influence from his show !!! What about 1000s of Movies on youtube showing Violence and Vulgarity

Goga Nalaik Jan 27, 2017 10:51pm

Amir Liaqat should be banned

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 27, 2017 11:03pm

Pemra is another name of PML-N.

AW Jan 27, 2017 11:35pm

While freedom of speech and expression should be protected at all cost, hate speech must be firmly banned. However, PEMRA should be abolished. Hate speech can be monitored by the civil society organizations and the supreme court.

Denali Jan 28, 2017 12:21am

Flouting the law has become a norm in PK.

Khan Jan 28, 2017 12:39am

Whoa! The government looks like it FINALLY enforcing the writ of the state. Extremists and criminals both flourish when the state cannot enforce its writ. So let's hope this continues and builds a new Pakistani culture that is respectful of the law

FARHAN KERMANI Jan 28, 2017 01:24am

What spine PEMRA.. BOL flouting the ban without losing sweat. haha. Giving a notice only? Make an example out of these rabid news channels.

Rk Jan 28, 2017 02:20am

What's wrong in being an atheist? It's a school of thought

zain Jan 28, 2017 04:48am

Wrong is in the lead as always as they are in majority, why I say that? Because the intellectual judiciary doubts the PEMRA's so called balance approach. I don't have any evidence of what Amir Liaquat says against Jibran Nasir but the point is PEMRA's credibility is in doubt for picking and choosing a ban.

Sailani Jan 28, 2017 05:18am

The BOL management should also be held responsible for promoting hatred, insinuations against individuals by their inflammatory accusations.

Omar Jan 28, 2017 07:13am

PEMRA needs to put its foot down and control these irresponsible individuals. An strong message needs to sent and a deterrent established. Amir Liaquat and others like him need to be held accountable for their misdeeds.

Red Dawn Jan 28, 2017 07:13am

Shut the channel down.

ajme Jan 28, 2017 09:13am

This guy has serious problems but he is not willing to learn.