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Pak TV channel fined over PM Sharif’s daughter’s complaint

Soldiers from the Special Security Unit (SSU) hold Pakistan's national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Soldiers from the Special Security Unit (SSU) hold Pakistan's national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Council of Complaints (COC) of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a fine of Rupees five lakhs on Pakistan’s Channel 24 following a complaint lodged by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif.

Maryam had filed a complaint saying that during a talk-show on June 10, the channel had shown a picture claiming that she was presiding over a meeting of federal secretaries and running the affairs of the government as the prime minister was in the UK for health reasons, reports the Dawn.

She however, claimed that the picture was around two years old when she was heading the Prime Minister’s youth programme.

Since no representative of Channel 24 appeared before the council, the channel was fined with Rs. 500,000 and directed to apologise by the COC Islamabad, headed by Shamim Humayum

It also imposed a fine of Rs 500,000 each on several TV channels for airing incorrect news about the marriage of former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in July this year.

These channels on July 12 repeatedly showed a news that the 63-year-old Khan had entered into third marriage in London.

The channels that have been fined include Dunya News, Geo News, Neo News, Royal News, Khyber News, Channel 24, Channel 92, News One, Such TV, Roze News,Channel 5 and Geo Tez. (ANI)

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