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- Friday, February 22, 2013 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: Senior Journalist and Editor Investigations of The News, Ansar Abbasi has filed a case of defamation against a private news channel and two media persons for leveling baseless but serious allegations and failing to reply to the legal notice served on them.


The private channel had aired a programme on January 1, 2013 hosted by Ameer Abbas in which one guest, Arshad Ansari, leveled the allegation that senior journalist Ansar Abbasi has made factories in Dubai with bribe money.


Arshad Ansari is also Lahore Press Club President. Ansar Abbasi served a legal notice on the private TV channel, Ameer Abbas and Arshad Ansari to provide evidence of the allegation and explain their position but none of them even responded to the legal notice.


On this, Ansar Abbasi has filed the defamation case against the private TV channel, two media persons and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in the court of District Judge (West), Islamabad through his counsel Amir Abdullah Abbasi.


In his petition, Ansar has maintained that after the baseless allegations of the guest, the anchor person didn’t even demand any evidence from the guest and didn’t even object to this defamatory statement. It is also pleaded in the petition that TV channel failed to fulfill its responsibility and obligation to follow rules and regulations. PEMRA also kept a blind eye on the episode. Court took up the case Thursday and has issued notices to the private TV channel, two media persons and PEMRA for March 15, 2013.