Senior vice president of private channel says it has been restored in 70 percent of Pakistan.
The Sindh High Court on Thursday ordered Pakistan’s media regulatory authority to restore transmission of the ARY news channel, which had been banned for “maligning honorable courts and judiciary.”
The popular channel was ordered off air for 15 days on Monday by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which also ordered a ban on senior anchor Mubasher Luqman from appearing on any TV channel.
The channel’s management approached the Sindh High Court on Tuesday to lift the suspension and a judge issued a stay order, allowing cable providers to resume broadcast. “Yes, the court has given us relief and PEMRA has issued notification to all the cable operators in compliance of the court orders,” said Ammad Yousaf, the senior vice president of ARY News. “In response to the PEMRA orders, 70 percent transmission of the channel has been restored across the country till now,” he said.
The channel has been vocal in support of a movement to topple the government led by politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. Both accuse Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of vote rigging during last year’s elections, which were rated as credible by local and foreign observers.
It was the second time the national watchdog had suspended a television station in little over four months after Geo News was taken off air in June over a row with the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).