SHC moved against suspending, shuffling Geo on cable

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KARACHI: Justice Munib Akhter of division bench of the Sindh High Court on Wednesday ordered issuance of notices to Pemra and eight cable operators for illegally suspending/ shuffling the telecast of Geo News.

The notices were issued on eight petitions filed by the Independent Media Corporation. Jam Asif and Behzad Haider, advocates, on behalf of the petitioner submitted before the court that even after the lapse of suspension period of Geo News and specific direction of Pemra, these cable operators were keeping the transmission of Geo News illegally suspended/shuffled/obstructed.

The petitioner also drew the Hon’ble Court’s attention towards the illegal omission of Pemra in ensuring restoration of transmission of Geo News to its original position at which it was being shown on April 19th, 2014.

After hearing the petitioner, the Hon’ble Court was pleased to order issuance of notices to Pemra and all the eight cable operators for July 9th, 2014. During the arguments, Hon’ble Justice Munib Akhter acknowledged awareness of the problem, showed sympathy and promised to resolve it.

The petition was filed against the following cable operators: Skyline Cable Network (Pvt.) Ltd., Muhammad Hussain of Tracks Entertainment Cable TV Network, Kazim (Acting CEO) of Media Plus Cable TV Network, Syed Imran Haider Abidi of Home Vision-1 Communication, Gufran Mujtaba of City Communication, Akhlaq Ahmed of Karachi Cable Services Cable TV Network, Mehmood Ahmed of City Cable TV Communication Network, Worldcall Telecom, its chairman and CEO.

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