ISLAMABAD: The sub-committee of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Monday asked the Sindh government to submit a detailed report before its next meeting on September 26, with regard to the agency in whose custody the PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain was when his leaked video was made.
The sub-committee met here with its convener Imran Leghari of the PPP in the chair and was attended by Tallal Chaudhry.
The panel expressed displeasure over the absence of Secretary Interior in the meeting.
DIG Karachi East Police Dr Kamran told the meeting that the two investigation officers of the Sindh Police have given statements on oath that they did not record any video statement of Dr Asim during 16-day custody.
Dr Kamran also said that his department has written a letter to Rangers and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to inform if they recorded any video statement of the accused while he was in their custody but so far no reply has been given.
He also said that the police have also filed an application in the court seeking an interview with Dr Asim to ascertain who made the leaked video.
Tallal Chaudhry, MNA said that the police was asked to inform the committee if video recording of the accused was legal requirement or the videos made were illegal.
He said that the police should present the interim report till finalization of the report.
Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA said that the committee will write letters to NAB and Rangers for cooperation with police in this case, otherwise the committee will take action under rules of procedures.
He also said that if the Interior secretary fails to appear in next meeting, action will be taken against him.
Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam said that Pakistan Broadcasters Association has no objections over code of conduct, difference of opinion was only on implementation mechanism.
Tallal Chaudhry said that the government did not want to impose any restriction on the freedom of expression but it seem that the owners of media houses are not interested in implementation of the code of conduct and their responsibilities related to their employees.
The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary Home Department Sindh government, Mohsin Shah, Additional IG Sindh Police Sanaullah Abbasi.
Published in Business Recorder, August 30th, 2016