TWO Ramadan shows broadcast by private news channels in Pakistan were taken off air last Friday (17) by regulators for discussing blasphemy laws.
The channels, Aaj News and TV One, were said by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to have violated its code of con- duct by promoting sectarian views and disgracing the holy month of Ramadan.
“An immediate ban has been imposed on TV One’s programmeIshq-e-Ramazan
(hosted by Shabbir Abu Talib) and Aaj News programme Ramazan Hamara Iman (hosted by Hamza Ali Abbasi),” a PEMRA statement said.
The regulator ordered both channels take the programmers off air from Friday or face being shutdown.
In his show earlier this week, actor and activist Hamza Ali Abbasi discussed the alleged oppression of the Ahmadi community and blasphemy laws.
PEMRA said it took action after receiving 1,133 complaints.