Islamabad High Court (IHC)—Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Tuesday said that no “circus” or “Neelam Ghar” would be permitted to be on aired on television this Ramzan. Justice Siddiqui hinted this during the hearing session regarding the implementation of the broadcast regulator’s code of conduct for Ramzan transmissions and morning shows on television.
A representative of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) present for the hearing session submitted the regulator’s guidelines for Ramzan transmissions and gave assurance to the court that all the channels would necessarily have to follow them.
Justice Siddiqui also instructed that the Azan broadcasting five times a day should also be mandated on all the channels.
He added that for Muslims there is no bigger breaking news than the Azan itself.
He regretted that channels broadcast dances, advertisements and music during the Azan timings. He said that PTV has also stopped on-airing Azan. He also said that a ban would be imposed on the Ramzan transmission if this “circus” would continue.
He went on by saying that if this all is to continue then let’s just remove “Islamic Republic” from Pakistan’s name. The IHC judge also mentioned that it is the responsibility of the state to safeguard the “Islamic identity and beliefs”.
Upon investigation and inquiry, he was told that Pakistan Broadcasters Association’s (PBA) counsel was on leave. He said that let the counsel should be informed that no move will work this Ramzan regarding the avoidance of rules.
He then asked for a report regarding how many of the one hundred and seventeen channels currently operating in Pakistan broadcast Azan before the court session was adjourned until tomorrow.