In a sudden move against the BOL TV administration and management, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and interior ministry have jointly barred the media group due to security concerns regarding its leadership.
TV Licenses of M/s Labbaik (Pvt) Limited, also known as BOL News and BOL Entertainment (Pak News) were revoked by the authority after the interior ministry refused to provide security clearance to BOL’s company directors Shoaib Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Shaikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat Bashir.
In its 131st meeting at the PEMRA headquarters on Tuesday, PEMRA took the decision following recommendations by the Council of Complaints (CoC) Sindh, which had prepared a report after asking the media group for clarification.
PEMRA has asked BOL News and BOL Entertainment (Pak News) to surrender their original TV licenses and clear any outstanding dues without any delay.
PakSat, Pakistan’s communications satellite operated by SUPARCO, has been ordered to immediately stop the transmission of BOL News and BOL Entertainment (Pak News), which no longer have PEMRA’s permission for landing rights in Pakistan.
Another notification has been passed to all TV distribution networks and cable operators, directing them to take the two channels off air immediately.
If any party violates PEMRA’s orders, it will have to face legal consequences.
The meeting, where the decision was taken, was attended by member Sindh Assembly, Sarfaraz Khan Jatoi, Member KPK Assembly, Shaheen Habibullah, Member Punjab Assembly, Nargis Nasir, Secretary Information Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, Chairman PTA, Syed Ismail Shah and PEMRA Chairman Absar Alam.
The PEMRA notification can be viewed below: