ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday ordered Pakistan Electronic Median Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to lift ban on the airing of ARY Digital Network’s Islamic channel, Qtv, among other religious channels, ARY NEWS reports.

The transmission of Qtv was blocked by the cable operators in Lahore and federal capital, Islamabad for yet unknown reasons.

Following the orders, PEMRA official have assured the Qtv administration to resolve the issue and address their concerns in this regard, saying the matter of banning religious TV channels would soon be settled.

The Prime Minister Gilani took the notice after Qtv management contacted him and requested to take notice. Also, Leader of the House in the Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari today summoned a report from PEMRA in this regard.
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Ulema and viewers of the channel have welcomed re-telecasting of Qtv transmission, saying that it is playing key role in spreading the teachings of Islam.

Earlier, condemning the closure, Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran and other religious parties' activists and viewers staged demonstrations in different cities of the country to lodge their protests against the move.