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Supreme Court stops Dr Shahid Masood (Geo TV) from discussing NRO in TV talk-shows

Perhaps in view of the consistent lopsided and propaganda oriented discussions on the NRO by Dr Shahid Masood (Geo TV), Chief Justice stopped media to refrain from discussing the NRO in TV talk-shows because the matter is sub-judice.

It has been learnt that Major Hasan Nidal of Pakistani media (Dr Shahid Masood) is extremely upset on this development. He intends to dedicate the next few programs on criticizing Nawaz Sharif and PML-N for not helping the Geo Group enough in derailing the democratic government. He is also looking for some opportunities to criticize the Supreme Court if the honourable court does not meet his ‘expectations’ by delivering the ‘desired verdict’. Good luck, Shahid Masood!

Apna aur apnay gird-o-nawah ke logon ka khayar rakhna. Major Hasan Nidal na ban jana.

According to a news report in The Nation on 8 December 2009:

The Chief Justice  advised the media not to discuss the matter with regard to NRO in television programmes until the case was disposed off. However, he said media could report the proceedings openly.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/08-Dec-2009/NRO-a-law-paving-way-for-reconciliation-with-corruption-CJ

ٹی وی مباحثوں میں این آراوکیس پربات نہ کی جائے،چیف جسٹس

اسلام آباد (جنگ نیوز) عدالت عظمیٰ کے چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری نے ذرائع ابلاغ سے کہا ہے کہ وہ قومی مفاہمتی آرڈیننس (این آر او) کے بارے میں درخواستوں کی سماعت کے دوران ٹی وی مذاکروں اور مباحثوں میں این آر او پر بات نہ کریں تاکہ تعصب کا تاثر پیدا نہ ہوتاہم ٹی وی چینلزاوراخبارات کو یہ اجازت ہوگی کہ وہ اس کیس کے حوالے سے رپورٹنگ کریں۔ پیر کو 17 رکنی بینچ کی سربراہی کرتے ہوئے چیف جسٹس نے کمرہ عدالت میں موجود ذرائع ابلاغ کے نمائندوں کو مخاطب کرکے کہا کہ ہم کوئی حکم جاری نہیں کر رہے۔ ذرائع ابلاغ این آر او بارے درخواستوں کی سماعت کی رپورٹنگ کرے لیکن جب تک مقدمہ زیر سماعت ہے اس وقت تک ٹی وی مذاکروں اور مباحثوں میں اس پر بات کرنے سے احتراز برتا جائے۔

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  • From Aamir Mughal’s blog:

    SC warns newsman – Muhammad Saleh Zaafir of Geo TV / The News, accepts apology
    Wednesday, June 13, 2007

    http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=8458

    Reporter apologises to SC for ‘baseless report’
    Wednesday, June 13, 2007

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007\06\13\story_13-6-2007_pg7_3

    ISLAMABAD: The 13-member full court of the Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the unconditional apology of a newsman for filing a report pertaining to the alleged preparation of references against four senior judges of the said bench.

    Following is the text of the order issued by the 13-member full court of the Supreme Court after unconditional apology by journalist Muhammad Saleh Zaafir:

    “Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, editor special reporting of daily Jang and The News, has entered appearance on our call in connection with the news items appearing in the Rawalpindi edition of the daily ‘Jang’ and daily ‘The News’ on 11th June, 2007, regarding some references being made against four senior hon’ble judges of this Court who, presumably also happen to be the members of this bench. The said news item appeared to be open to further serious exception because such a news item had been published, more than boldly, on the front pages of the said two newspapers on the day when the bench was expected to announce its decision on the maintainability of the petition filed in this court questioning the presidential reference against the chief justice of Pakistan. It may be added that certain insinuation have been made in the said news items pointing towards some alleged misconduct committed by the four un-named senior judges of this Court.

    2. Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, who is the reporter of the said news items, when confronted with the same, frankly and honestly conceded that he had made no effort to verify the veracity of the allegations levelled in the said news items before publishing the same nor did he have any proof in support of the contents thereof. He, however, added at the very outset that he had utmost regards and respect for not only the said hon’ble judges of this Court but for the entire judiciary; that he did not have even an iota of doubt about their integrity and character and that reporting the said news items was a grave mistake on his part.

    3. He tendered verbal unconditional apologies in open Court and also placed on record his statement to the above noted effect, in writing.

    4. The regrets offered by Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, reporter/editor, appear to be sincere and the remorse expressed by him appears to be genuine. In this view of the matter, we do not consider it necessary to proceed with the matter any further except warning him to be careful in future.

    5. On our call, Muhammad Afzal Butt, president of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists, also entered appearance for assistance.

    6. The reporting of the proceedings which have taken place in Court in connection with the matter in question shall be made only to the extent that the apology tendered by the said Muhammad Saleh Zaafir shall be published in full and so would be published this order passed thereon. The daily ‘Jang’ and daily ‘The News’, which have published the news items in question, shall publish the apology and this order, prominently, on their front pages. Muhammad Saleh Zaafir undertakes to do the same and has been ordered accordingly.”

    Meanwhile, the following is the text of unconditional apology tendered by Muhammad Saleh Zaafir before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

    “I, Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, do hereby tender an unconditional apology to the hon’ble court in relation to the contents of the story that appeared in daily The News/daily Jang on June 11, 2007.

    “I have been directed by the hon’ble court to submit any proof in relations to the contents of the said items. I would humbly submit that I have no proof whatsoever in relation to the matter discussed in the said story.

    “I keep this hon’ble court in the highest esteem and respect. I can never ever think of bringing about a bad name to the hon’ble court or to any learned judge of the hon’able court. I would submit that I can never think of committing contempt of this hon’ble court.

    “I undertake to be careful in future and am ashamed for the publication of the story. I would humbly seek pardon in relation to the grievous lapse. “I pray to the hon’ble court that no further action may kindly be proceeded in relation to the matter. I would entreat that my unconditional apology may graciously be accepted.”

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/

  • Not surprisingly PPP Minisers Babar Awan and Qamar Zaman Kaira have committed contempt of court today by their press conference, despite clear orders from the Supreme Court.
    Any comments on that.
    By the way you publish only comments which are in your favour?