Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

A senior official from Pakistan’s ARY News channel was arrested on Wednesday hours after the station was taken off the air for broadcasting “seditious” content.

Ammad Yosuaf, Vice President of ARY News Channel (Twitter/@AmmadYosuaf)

The Pakistani television channel ARY News said on Wednesday that its senior executive vice president, Ammad Yousaf, had been arrested in Karachi. The channel’s statement came just hours after he was taken off the air for being critical of the government.

Another reason cited behind the move to block the channel was that it allegedly broadcast seditious content. According to ARY News, Yousaf was arrested without a warrant at his residence in the DHA area of ​​Karachi.

ARY News in a statement said: “Police officers, along with plainclothes personnel, forcibly entered Ammad Yousaf’s home. The search team diverted the CCTV cameras from Yousaf’s house and jumped into the house from the top of the main entrance.”

Earlier, the channel was notified by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) saying it had been taken off the air “for broadcasting objectionable, hateful, seditious, based on outright disinformation with a clear threat and present to national security for instigating rebellion within the armed forces with the bad faith of causing a rupture between the government and the forces.”

PEMRA has now asked the channel’s CEO to appear for an in-person hearing on August 10.

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