LHC suspends PEMRA order on Channel 24 ban

The Lahore supreme court on Tuesday suspended a choice by the Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory agency (Pemra) to suspend the license of channel 24NewsHD over “non-compliance with its terms of license”.

LHC has issued notices to the regulatory body and therefore the federal and seeking their replies on the matter during tomorrow’s (Wednesday) hearing.

PEMRA’s lawyer during the hearing stated that the order to ban the channel was issued by the competent authority.

However, the bench asked the lawyer if the competent authority was bigger than the court.

“Meeting minutes should be presented tomorrow, then the court will decide [on the matter],” said the LHC.

LHC’s Justice Sajid Mahmood issued the order to lift the ban and adjourned the hearing of the case till Wednesday and asked the regulator to submit its reply within the case.

PEMRA has suspended Value TV license over illegally using the name as 24 News. The channel has been broadcasting news and current affairs programs violating the license and rules.

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