ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Thursday recommended that no one would be allowed to speak against Pakistan in programmes telecast by private
television channels.

It observed that words like "Pakistan will break" must not go on-air and use of such language should be completely banned.

The committee meeting held at the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) headquarters was chaired by Begum Hasnain.

Members of National Assembly Samina Mushtaq Pugganwala, Begum Nuzhat Sadiq, Rana Nazir Ahmed Khan, Malik Muhammad Shakeel Awan, Bushra Rehman, Mehren Anwar Raja, Chudhry Saeed Iqbal, Mahboob Ullah Jan, PEMRA Chairman Dr.Abdul Jabbar and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr.Firdous Ashiq Awan also attended the
meeting.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan informed the committee that the government is making all-out efforts in providing working environment conducive to media.

She said the Press Council of Pakistan has been activated to solve the issues of electronic and print media.

The minister said that an effective monitoring system is in place to keep an eye on the contents being aired by private television channels.

She said around 85 channels are operating in the country while the same number of applications are pending with PEMRA for licences.

PEMRA Chairman Dr.Abdul Jabbar said PEMRA has so far received 1076 complaints after establishment of its complaint cell, adding that 90 per cent complaints were regarding the contents of private television channels programmes.

Mehreen Anwar Raja asked the chairman to propose amendments in the PEMRA rules to improve its efficiency.

She suggested strengthening the legal team of PEMRA to contest the cases pending in different courts in a more effective manner.