PEMRA again bans coverage of political gatherings in Islamabad today
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) once again imposed ban on coverage of political gatherings and protests in Islamabad for today (Monday/March 27).
PEMRA notified the ban on political protests and gatherings just ahead of the
appearance of PTI chairman Imran Khan in different court cases in Islamabad on
In its notification, PEMRA said, “Live or recorded coverage of any protest or public gatherings cannot be carried out.”
The Authority banned the live media coverage of protests and rallies under
Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002.
In case of violation of the ban, PEMRA said that the “license shall be
suspended under Section 30 (3) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA
(Amendment) Act 2007, without any show cause notice in the public interest
along with other enabling provisions of law.”
Meanwhile, the former prime minister and PTI chairman left his Zaman Park
residence in Lahore to appear before courts in different cases in Islamabad
Khan is scheduled to appear in the Islamabad High Court and Judicial Complex
in connection with the hearing of cases on Monday.
Imran Khan will appear in the Islamabad High Court to seek bail in seven cases. Islamabad police have registered different cases, including vandalism at
the judicial complex during his last visit. Police also registered cases against
Khan, other PTI leaders, and activists at Islamabad’s Ramna, CTD, and Golra
Last week, Islamabad police arrested 316 PTI supporters for their alleged
involvement in the violence and attacks on police.
The arrested PTI activists were involved in the provocation, arson, attacks
on police, and damaged public and private property.
Islamabad police disclosed this in a message it shared through its Twitter
According to police, with the help of CCTVs and security cameras, police officials are identifying more PTI troublemakers and arresting them.
Several police teams are conducting raids in different areas to arrest more
PTI men wanted in arsons and attacks on police.