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April 21, 2019
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Pemra bans Dr Danish from appearing on any TV for one month

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) banned anchorperson Dr Danish from appearing on any TV channel in any capacity for a month.

The anchorperson invited the ban from the regulator for what Pemra said levelling baseless allegations against senior officials of OGDCL in one of his talk shows.

OGDL Managing Director Zahid Mir had filed a complaint against Dr Danish for levelling `a variety of unsubstantiated, false and malicious allegations` against him during his programme titled `Point of view with Dr Danish` telecast by Channel 24 on June 14 last year.

The anchorperson had alleged that Mr Mir had been appointed `out of merit` and without an advertisement.

The applicant said the anchorperson also made several serious allegations concerning mismanagement and corruption without providing any proof.

According to the order issued by Pemra`s office of the Council of Complaints, the channel submitted its reply on Sept 3. It said that Dr Danish was provided an opportunity to get his statement on the matter recorded on Dec 10, but he chose not to appear before the council.

While considering the unanimous recommendations of the Council of Complaints, Pemra issued its orders stating that `all satellite television licensees are prohibited from airing any programme containing Dr Danish in any capacity whatsoever, i.e. host, guest, participant etc, for a period of 30 days from the date of issuance of this decision`.