Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has succeeded former CJP Saqib Nisar as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. This inevitably leaves roam for questions about apex court’s proceedings led by former CJP. Do the court orders given by a CJP turns null and void as soon as he retires?
The answer is pretty obvious; it’s the office that passes judgments which has nothing to do with the personalities. However, most of the radio stations and cable operators think otherwise.
As soon as the CJP Nisar left, cable operators have resumed the transmission of Indian channels while most of the radio stations like Hum Fm (106.2) are playing neighboring countries song despite the ban imposed by the apex court.
In 2016, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had imposed the ban and barred TV channels, radio stations, and cable operators from airing any Indian content. In 2017, Lahore High Court lifted the ban citing that PEMRA has no constitutional powers to ban any region-specific content, they can just restrict specific content.
On October 2018, the ban was imposed again by the Supreme Court of Pakistan amid India violating the water treaty and dams issue. Just a few days back, more precisely on 9th of January, CJP Nisar commented that “SC will not allow Indian content to be aired here in Pakistan.” He was hearing the appeal by PEMRA against High court decision to lift the ban.
“Indian content is damaging our culture,” said CJP Nisar. The case is still in the court, and the next hearing is scheduled in the first week of February. We would like Supreme Court to take notice of this contempt.