Here’s Why Kashif Abbasi Appeared on TV Even After PEMRA Ban

You must have seen the ‘boot’ memes on social media following Faisal Vawda’s stunt to embarrass his fellow political workers from PML N and PPP during ARY’s show ‘Off the Record’ on 14th January.

While the footage became an instant meme material for meme lords, it got the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) involved as the watchdog issued a notice, placing a ban on Kashif Abbasi for 60 days.


ARY’s Kashif Abbasi Banned from Appearing on TV

PEMRA’s official Twitter handle shared the notice after 15th January’s show went on air. The watchdog prohibited the broadcast or re-broadcast of the program for a period of 60 days starting from 16th January.

To everyone’s surprise, the show went on air anyway come 8’o clock (read 8:13) on Thursday, 16th January. The anchor began the show as usual while telling the audience that they are televising it after getting PEMRA’s approval.

Kashif Abbasi also told that a written response has been submitted to the regulatory authority. While PEMRA was quick to take to Twitter when it came to announcing the ban, there hasn’t been any official follow-up after that.

A news release by the Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors titled ‘PEMRA must lift ban on Kashif Abbasi and his show’ condemned the authority’s prohibition order while claiming that it ‘acted with malafide intent’.

Kashif Abbasi tweeted the news release on Thursday a few hours before airing his show.

It looks like the order to ban the show was a mere formality and it will continue to air without any trouble.

What are your thoughts on the story? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Assalaam-O-Alaikum.

    I think that this is a direct insult for PEMRA for not getting the order of banning Kashif on ARY TV channel implemented. PEMRA should have taken a serious action against the defaulter.

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