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IHC hear plea against closure of Geo News,

A complaint filed in the Islamabad High Court on Monday challenging the closing of Geo News with the cord and the transfer of the station to a lower number, was accepted at a court hearing on March 17.

Islamabad High Court Judge Athar Minallah will lead the court tomorrow.

The petition letter was sent to Barrister Jahangir Jadoon by Raja Ahsan Mahmood Satti.

The petitioner has appointed a cabinet secretary as part of the case, along with the minister of IT and the special assistant to the prime minister for details.

The applications also nominated NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal and Pakistan Eletronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman Saleem Baig.

With this request, it has emerged that the court should announce the ‘illegal’ control of the media and that Geo News should be reinstated to the station that was in place before the arrest of Jang Geo Group’s managing director, Miri. Shakil-ur-Rahman.

The petitioner suggested that the closure of Geo News is a journey to end the media and control, which is unconstitutional.

Those named / participating in the petition must stop harassing the media, the petition urges.

On March 13, cable operators across Pakistan began receiving orders to immediately shut down the Geo TV broadcast or give the station the final numbers.

The orders were issued after SAPM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan held his press conference regarding the arrest of Jang Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman of Jang Geo.

The closure reportedly follows orders from PEMRA, but the chairman of PEMRA himself denied that he had issued orders for the scheme.

A Jang Geo Group-in-Chief editor arrested by the NAB on a fake case
NAB said on Thursday that it had arrested the editor-in-chief of the Jang Geo Media Group over an asset allegedly illegally bought by a government agency over 34 years ago.

The property is, in fact, purchased from a private party and all evidence of this has been provided by the NAB and the legal requirements have been fulfilled, such as duty and taxes.

According to a party spokesman, the appearance of the editorial chief before the NAB was related to the notice of invitation to the appeal, but the arrest.

A recent decision by the Islamabad High Court for breach of NAB law and NAB violations has been made, a party spokesman said.

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