Pakistan’s PEMRA media regulator has revoked the satellite TV broadcast licences of Bol News and Bol Entertainment, which broadcasts as Pak News. Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has allegedly rescinded the security clearances of Bol’s company directors, Shoaib A. Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Sheikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat Bashir, said a PEMRA press release issued May 3rd.
According to BBC Monitoring, a PEMRA meeting on May 2nd took the decision. Instructions have been issued to PakSat to immediately stop the transmission of Bol News and Bol Entertainment (Pak News) which are no more PEMRA’s licensees.
A separate order was issued to all the country’s distribution networks and cable operators to take these two channels off air with immediate effect. “Any violation of PEMRA’s order would have legal consequences for the violators and PEMRA would act against the violators according to law,” said PEMRA.