LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday issued notice to federal government, ministry of information and broadcasting, Pemra and PTV in a petition challenging PTV fee in electricity bills and exhibition of indecent advertisements, dramas and entertainments programmes on television channels.

During the course of hearing, Sheraz Zaka, the counsel for Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, told the court that Pemra is not keeping checks and balance on cable operators showing indecent advertisements.

The counsel argued that the cable operators were promoting Indian actors, including a former adult star Sunny Leone, by showing indecent advertisements.

He also told court that the monthly fee of PTV in electricity bill “is exorbitant and confiscatory from citizens, whereas, majority of the citizens no longer obtain the service of the state run television channel”.

“Everyone knows that the state channel is being used for no other useful purpose except backing official propaganda,” he further stated.

He further stated: “Pemra had failed to perform its statutory obligation and its failure to enforce Indecent Advertisement Prohibition Act 1963 has resulted in polluting the minds of youth as it often witness that cable operators across the province through their private channels advertise.”

The petitioner prayed to the court to declare the levy of the PTV fee in the electricity bills null and void and also order Pemra to take punitive measures against cable operators for violating the code of conduct.

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued notice and put off hearing until May 31.