BOL TV Goes On Air Again After SHC Order

The tussle between the government and the private TV channel, BOL News, seems to be heating up as the interior ministry refused to provide security clearance to the channel’s owners while PEMRA revoked the company’s TV licenses.

Yesterday, the Sindh High Court restored BOL TV’s license, essentially nullifying PEMRA’s decision to keep it off air.

The media regulatory authority had cancelled BOL News and BOL Entertainment’s (Pak News) TV licenses following the interior ministry’s decision to reject security clearance for Shoaib Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Shaikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat Bashir. BOL was taken off air after PakSat was ordered to remove it from its list.

Read More: PEMRA Revokes TV License for BOL News & Entertainment Channels

A two judge bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar, suspended PEMRA’s order on a petition by BOL’s administration and issued notices to the deputy attorney general, PEMRA, interior ministry and other respondents for May 10.

Soon after the court’s order, BOL News was back on air.

The petitioner’s counsel, Shahab Sarki and Adnan Memon, contended that PEMRA had revoked the channel’s license with mala fide intent and informed the judges that the channel had submitted a reply along with a security clearance certificate to PEMRA’s show cause notice to BOL News.

Shoaib Shaikh, CEO of Axact, was arrested back in May 27 2015. After his bail 13 months later, BOL News was launched.

Read More: Inside Out of Axact Case!

The same two judge bench has now remanded the Axact CEO’s application for acquittal from the fake degree case to the district and sessions court with a clear directive to put an end to the matter within two weeks.

On the other hand, All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) wants the government to stop the Axact group from entering the print media, given the string of allegations of fraud and fake degrees.

Whatever the outcome, a final decision regarding Axact and BOL News is expected to be reached in the coming weeks.

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  • Sindh High Court provides Justice to everyone, Dr. Asim and Ayan Ali also got Justice immediately.

    ARY also always got justice from SHC.

    Ex parte order was issued where security clearance is the main subject. Same two judges bench is hearing Axact case. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Aik chor (allegedly​) dosray chor(allegedly) ko aanay se rok raha hai ! :D

  • It seems like Pro-RAW channel (GEO) is trying hard to stop the transmission of Pro-Pakistani channel (BOL) but failing. The conspiracy they started before BOL’s launch (Axact’s degree scandal) is what they are using again and again to eliminate its competitor. If this was a genuine issue, then why didn’t anyone put allegations before since the company was operative from 1998.

    • Geo is Best. Bol is just a LOL News./ Down with Bol News. Get out from our country you bloody Fake Degree Channel and inappropriate content spreader. I am requesting the Prime Minister Of Pakistan to Arrest all the Members of this Fake Degree Channel. Chawal Channel.

    • The First anchorperson who appears on the Screen of this LOL news (Mubashir Lucyman) stated in His program on ARY against this channel. search it on google.

  • The established news media are fighting tooth and nail to prevent a potentially powerful competitor from emerging.

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