KARACHI: Additional District and Sessions Judge South Abdul Qadoos Memon on Saturday again issued arrest warrant of political commentator Zaid Hamid and also issued orders to DPO Rawalpindi in this regard. The second accused and anchorperson of a private channel Mubashir Lucman has filed petition for exemption from the hearing.
During the hearing, counsel of Geo TV demanded the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrant for Zaid Hamid. On it the court said such warrant was issued at that time when the accused refused to receive bailable arrest warrant. It is to be mentioned here that the arrest warrant could not be received at the home of Zaid Hamid due to his absence. Meanwhile, the counsel of Mubashir Lucman filed immunity petition with the court by taking stand that his client was facing security problems and threats and he had to come to appear in the court from Lahore and due to engagements he could not appear in the court. The court adjourned the hearing till May 24.
By making Zaid Hamid and Mubashir Lucman as party, the Independent Media Corporation in its petition adopted that in a programme ‘Kharra Sach’ of a private channel (ARY), baseless allegations were levelled against Geo/Jang Group that they were launching campaign against Pakistan by taking money from Indian news channel Doordarshan.
Further allegations were also made against Geo in connection with ‘Zara Sochiea’ and ‘Aman Ki Asha’ in which it was said that Geo was carrying out negative campaign. The petitioner also provided CDs of that programme.
Source: The News
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