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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday asked a senior reporter of Geo TV why the management of The News and Urdu daily Jang did not publish a clarification earlier issued by the apex court regarding a lead headline: “Wish Shahbaz is next PM” on Feb 12 edition.

In its clarification, the Supreme Court office had said the statement of Rana Sanaullah that the chief justice desired that the PML-N form the next government was totally false and concocted.

On Monday, the chief justice had directed the Geo reporter to ask Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the chief editor and publisher of The News and Jang, to appear in court on Tuesday and explain the situation.

On Tuesday, the court told the reporter that if the media group again failed to run the correction, Mr Rahman should personally appear before it to explain.

The court also took notice of Mr Rahman’s earlier statement in which some objectionable remarks were made against a senior judge of the apex court.

Qayyum Siddiqui, a senior reporter of Geo, informed the court that he had conveyed the court’s directive to the chief editor, but he was not aware why the papers did not run the correction.

The court warned that if the media group failed to publish the clarification with the same display as was given to the earlier story, it would order the Sindh and Islamabad police chiefs to produce Mr Rahman before the court.

Published in Dawn, February 14th, 2018