PEMRA bans Amir Liaquat over hate speech

Published: January 26, 2017
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Amir Liaquat Hussain. PHOTO: FILE

Amir Liaquat Hussain. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan electronic and print media watchdog, Pemra, on Thursday banned TV anchor Amir Liaquat and his programme on BOL News.

Jibran Nasir moves PEMRA against Amir Liaquat over blasphemy allegations

“Amir Liaquat and his programme has been banned with immediate effect for preaching hate,” a notification issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) read.

“Amir Liaquat, the host of the programme named Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga shall not host any programme or appear in any manner, including but not limited to, as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video beeper, promo/advertisement on BOL News,” the notice further read.

Pemra took the decision of banning the TV anchor after ‘monitoring’ the TV anchor  for several weeks. “During several weeks it has been monitored that Amir Liaquat host of the programme Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga, in the episodes broadcast on BOL News from January 2, 2017 to January 24, 2017, has willfully and repeatedly made statements and allegations which tantamount to hate speech, derogatory remarks, incitement to violence against citizens and casting accusation of being anti-state and anti-Islam, on various individuals.”

The media watchdog added, “In case of non-compliance of the above orders, the licence for the channel BOL News shall be suspended with immediate effect.”

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“Amir Liaquat is also prohibited from delivering any hate speech, declaring anyone Kaafir or Ghaddar on any TV Channel. In case of violation, action shall be initiated against such channel(s) under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 as amended by the Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007,” it added.

Social activist Jibran Nasir has filed an official complaint with the Pemra against TV anchor Amir Liaquat Hussain for ‘maligning’ him. In his complaint letter to the media watchdog, Jibran said the anchor of BOL Network had started a “malicious, defamatory and life endangering campaign” against him and the bloggers who went missing between January 4 to 8.

“…on 19 January, Amir Liaquat carried on this vicious campaign against me asserting accusations of blasphemy and went to accuse me of being the admin of the Facebook page “Bhensaa” and associated all its blasphemous content and posts to me,” Jibran wrote in his letter available with the The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Someone
    Jan 26, 2017 - 2:46PM

    Good Job PEMRA Recommend

  • Mujtaba
    Jan 26, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Good. I hope he doesn’t come back in Ramzan.Recommend

  • Amir
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:08PM

    Please also ban him from hosting shows during ramadan.

    Sadly all TV channels feels that he draws a large crowd, viewing, thus more advertising money, and ignores his past mischievous.

    Even express has done the same.Recommend

  • Haris
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:11PM

    Very good Initiatives…Thumbs up to PEMRA. Would have better if he was permanently banned the day his abusive, scandalous and blasphemous video with different Islamic Scholars was leaked relating to the Aalim Online program.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:19PM

    PEMRA is run by former Jang Group editor in chief now so GEO Tv has complete control over PEMRA matters now.Recommend

  • Hina
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:22PM

    Appreciated! The language and the way he criticise people is not acceptable! When speaks good, he had always been appreciated by people!Recommend

  • Pak citizen
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:29PM

    So unfair…seems like pemra is part of the agenda tooRecommend

  • Faz
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:59PM

    Amir Liaqat is a total turd. Watching his show, the format and dramatization always made me feel like I was watching Indian style news. We can do better than that. He had it coming.Recommend

  • Tasadiq
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:25PM

    AL is NO Angel and should conduct his programmes in line with Pakistan’s best interest at heart

    However

    IMHO this Pemras action is more of a vendetta by Geo/Jhang against former staffRecommend

  • Umair
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:46PM

    WOW, good work PEMRA for suppressing voice of Pakistan. It has now been confirmed that no one is allowed to defend pakistan on pakistani media.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:47PM

    We should demand complete ban on him!!!Recommend

  • Haroon Rashid Khan
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:50PM

    A lot of people supporting amir liaqat did not see the video where he is calling people kafir and accusing them of blasphemy without any evidence. In society like Pakistan, such accusation can lead to murder. This is not about truth or freedom of speech, or a political party or about other missing people. It is only about incitement of violence. Recommend

  • John Koch
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:55PM

    Yay for Pemra :DRecommend

  • Arqam
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:55PM

    I hope PEMRA isn’t playing any games this time.No doubt he’s the best media person in the industry to boost the TRP of any channel and that’s the reason he’s in BOL now but he always use the so called islamic scholar image to guard his pointless views. There should be no getaway for the hate speech Recommend

  • Enam
    Jan 26, 2017 - 4:56PM

    You can offend, provoke, satirize and/ or ridicule any idea, thought, figure or society, but you certainly cannot incite violence, create chaos, threaten to harm, and call for murder against any individual whatsoever under the banner of freedoms of speech, media, and expression.

    I don’t understand why right-wing and conservative Pakistanis find it okay to do the latter and still term it freedom of speech.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jan 26, 2017 - 5:02PM

    A country where Religion is above Nation, controversial figures like the fake Dr. should be banned with punitive action, else he’ll create chaos in the country via fatwas…Recommend

  • Temur
    Jan 26, 2017 - 5:08PM

    @salman:
    ABSAR ALAM how many years he worked for Jang or Geo .Recommend

  • Rizz
    Jan 26, 2017 - 5:08PM

    Pemra to AAmir – Aisay nahi chalaiga!

    Good work!Recommend

  • Australian paki
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:16PM

    He has always been so controversial for so many reasons plenty of time before but somehow he always manage to come out of it strangely. Let us see how long does it stay like this in this occassion. Recommend

  • farhan kermani
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:31PM

    Good, Know your power and make the rogue elements submit to your laws. Only this will save Pakistan from becoming as failed and sectarian as Iraq Syria Libya Afghanistan and YemenRecommend

  • Zahid Islam
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:45PM

    He really did need a break, so PEMRA may have done him a favor. Let us see how his vast number of followers, both here and in the Middle East react. Recommend

  • Lariab
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:53PM

    Shameful act by Pemra. Should have banned Jibran Nasir and his Atheist cult for insulting teh country and our values Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 26, 2017 - 7:08PM

    Excellent decision. Why it took so long?Recommend

  • Tanya Khan
    Jan 26, 2017 - 7:20PM

    With this banning too many people/activists/anchors have come on the radar…….Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Jan 26, 2017 - 8:48PM

    Well done PEMRA. You have taken the right decision. (Dr.) Liaqat is the last person to act as a preacher. As a matter of fact he is evil, who perpetually seeks sensationalism.Recommend

  • Saeed
    Jan 26, 2017 - 8:49PM

    Sometimes Jibran Nasir Demands Defence.pk Be Banned Now He Asks For Amir Liaquat To Be Banned.All This While He Champions Freedom of Speech for The So Called Liberals

    Amir Liaquat Does Not Need to Do Anything.Jibran Nasir Is Enough to Expose HimselfRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 26, 2017 - 9:06PM

    Good Job Pemra … Absar Alam how much you got in your account by the way ;) Recommend

  • Farru
    Jan 26, 2017 - 9:23PM

    @Lariab:
    What are you smoking madam? Coming directly from some Gulf country?Recommend

  • Foz
    Jan 26, 2017 - 10:17PM

    Alhamdulillah
    Very good
    Well done PEMRARecommend

  • Ahmar Khan
    Jan 26, 2017 - 11:24PM

    There is still hope for Pakistan. The fake Dr is mentally unstable and should be locked up for the good of society.Recommend

  • Bob
    Jan 27, 2017 - 9:59AM

    Doesn’t call himself doctor anymore. Stopped lying I guess.Recommend

  • Sandeep
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:24AM

    Excellent Step and kindly ban him permanently……..Recommend

  • Mahmud Majeed
    Jan 28, 2017 - 4:18AM

    The government should take steps and arrest him and put him behind bars and try him for hate speech and incitement to violence,Recommend

  • Ali Baba
    Jan 28, 2017 - 6:35PM

    AL is back in the game. that is so shameful Recommend

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