Geo Entertainment remains suspended, SHC told

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and cable operators on petitions of the Independent Media Corporation seeking action against cable operators for unlawful blocking of Geo Entertainment transmissions.

The Independent Media Corporation moved the SHC against illegal blocking of Geo Entertainment transmissions by the cable operators in the province.Petitioner’s counsel Bahzad Haider submitted that private cable operators did not comply with the orders of Pemra and broadcast of the Geo Entertainment remained suspended since July 20 without any reason.

He submitted that blocking the transmission of Geo Entertainment was a violation of the Supreme Court and High Court’s orders that restrained Pemra and cable operators from blocking or interfering in the smooth transmission of TV channels. The counsel submitted that Pemra had failed to take action against the cable operators who despite the complaint of the petitioner did not restore the transmission of Geo Entertainment.

The court was prayed to direct Pemra to take action against the cable operators for unlawfully blocking the transmission of Geo Entertainment and restrain them from blocking or interfering with the transmission of Geo Entertainment.

The SHC’s division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, after preliminary hearing of the petition issued notices to the Ministry of Information, Pemra and cable operators and others for August 13.

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