Islamabad High Court Bans Airing of Game Shows in Month of Ramadan


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has banned the airing of game shows like ‘Neelam Ghar’ in the holy month of Ramadan. The court said transmissions “appearing like a circus show” will not be allowed to air in Ramadan.

While hearing a case on implementation of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) code of conduct for Ramadan transmissions and morning shows, IHC banned the airing of prize game shows. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who was hearing the case took strong notice of prize game shows hosted by people like Amir Liaquat, Sahir Lodhi, Fahad Mustafa, Waseem Badami and such. He said that acts of indecency, immorality and disgrace will not be allowed to be aired in the holy month. He said that channels who are engaged in doing such will be dealt with by the penal codes.

Shows that give ideas of lotteries or gambling even for the noble purposes of winning Umrah or Hajj tickets will not be allowed to air on the television, said Justice Siddiqui. The court order said that any program that violates PEMRA guidelines should not be aired. He said if any program does so, stern and strict action shall be taken against the violators after monitoring.

The court stated that there can be no activity in individual or collective capacity can be allowed which will sully the glory of Islam. The order added any program that slanders Integrity, security or defence of Pakistan, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality or in relation to contempt of court will also be allowed to air either.

Justice Siddiqui earlier on during the hearing said that Amir Liaquat had started this trend of giving prizes to people after disgracing them. He said that everyone started to follow his example due to high ratings. Continuing he added that during Sehr and Iftar, the practice of airing Adhan should be conducted. Justice Siddiqui lamented that even PTV has stopped airing Adhan in recent years during these times in the Holy month.


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