Employees of ARY News hold placards during a protest against the channel being taken off air by the government in Karachi on Saturday. AFP
The cancellation of lincence will mean economic murder of more than 4,000 media professionals associated with the news channel, ARY News said.
The development came after ARY TV in the southern port city of Karachi on Monday aired the interview with Shahbaz Gill, a close aide of former prime minister Imran Khan and the chief of staff for his Tehrik-e-Insaf opposition party.
In the interview, Gill urged Pakistani troops and officers to refuse to obey "illegal orders” from the military - remarks that were seen by authorities as incitement to revolt. He was subsequently arrested on treason charges and could face the death penalty.
The TV station's news director, Ammad Yousaf, was detained following the interview but then released on Thursday, after an outcry from a media watchdog, rights defenders and top opposition leaders.
ARY has distanced itself from Gill’s remarks, stressing that it is not part of any campaign against the army. Still, Pakistan's media regulatory took the station off air and on Friday suspended its licence amid what it described as "adverse reports from agencies.”
The move drew condemnation from journalists and opposition leaders. ARY's founder, Salman Iqbal, also denounced the suspension.
Asad Kaleem, an executive producer at ARY, told The Associated Press that the action means that 4,000 employees at the TV are now without work. He pleaded with the government to reverse its decision and bring the hugely popular ARY back on air.
Only pre-recorded speeches can be broadcast now with effective monitoring and editorial control, the Pemra notification said.
The products whose advertisements were particularly targeted by the authority include: Dettol soap, Surf Excel powder, Pantene shampoo, Head & Shoulders shampoo, Lifebuoy shampoo, Fogg body spray, Sunsilk shampoo, Knorr noodles, Sufi, Fair & Lovely face wash, and Safeguard soap.
TikTok released a statement saying that it was "pleased" to be once again available to Pakistan. "This is a testament to TikTok's continued commitment to enforcing our community guidelines to promote a safe and positive community online."
According to police, the four were travelling in a car when unknown men opened fire on them, killing Muskan Sheikh on the spot while the other three, Syed Rehan Shah, Amir Khan, and Saddam Hussein, succumbed to their wounds later.
The devastating fires have caused more than 20,000 people to flee their homes, and some 3.8 million hectares of land have burned in Canada, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling this wildfire the worst ever in the country.
His Highness also issued Decree No. (23) of 2023 on the Board of Directors of the Dubai Judicial Institute, chaired by Essam Issa Al Humaidan.
The UAE stressed the obligation to protect diplomatic buildings and residences according to the norms and charters that govern and regulate diplomatic work.