ISLAMABAD–Expressing serious concerns over a ‘hate speech’ aired last night, the government of Pakistan on Friday sought action against the TV channels that broadcast the speech in a letter written to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
The letter, written by Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid to the caretaker chairman of PEMRA, says despite supporting freedom of the media, the government condemns the elements that spread hate in the society.
Seeking action in accordance with Section-27 of the PEMRA Act, the letter said that the action should be directed towards TV channels for violating rules and regulations. It added that the speech incited hate in the masses.
The information minister had earlier said that needless criticism of national security institutions can be declared as tantamount to sheltering criminals.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif urged MQM workers and office bearers to disassociate themselves with the statement their party chief Altaf Hussain issued last night.
Speaking to the media representatives, he said by seeking help from Indian spy agency RAW Altaf Hussain has hurt sentiments of millions of Pakistanis.
Terming the MQM chief’s statement as tantamount to betrayal of national objectives, the CM said Hussain should tender an unconditional apology to the nation.
Altaf Hussain, during his controversial speech had said: “We are called RAW agents every other day. Those who surrendered are called patriots, while the founders of Pakistan are dubbed traitors.”
Hussain’s remarks came hours after SSP Malir Rao Anwar called for a ban against the MQM for its alleged links with the RAW. Anwar was later dismissed by the IG Sindh upon directives of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah.