IHC issues warrants against channel owner, anchor

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Islamabad High Court IHC

ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for the chief executive officer ARY television Salman Iqbal and ARY TV anchor Mubashir Luqman after both of them did not appear before the court in a contempt of court matter for allegedly launching malicious campaign against the superior judiciary.

It was on June 13, when the same IHC had issued notices to Salman Iqbal, Mubashir Luqman, acting chairman Pemra and secretary Ministry of Information directing them to appear before the court and explain as to why this contemptuous act was committed continuously and why no action has been taken by the regulatory authority?

Secretary Ministry of Information and acting chairman Pemra appeared before the court while the court took notice of the absence of two others and expressed displeasure. Later the court issued bailable arrest warrants for Salman Iqbal and Mubashir Luqman against surety bonds of Rs10,000 each. IHC bench directed Inspector General (IG) Islamabad police to appoint a gazetted officer for the service of arrest warrants. Acting chairman Pemra produced CDs of the programmes (Khara Sach) aired from 22nd to 31st May, 2014 as directed by the court at its previous hearing.After issuing the above said order, the court put off the matter till first week of August.

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