The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) stated on Saturday that Hafiz Hamdullah of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is not a citizen of Pakistan. Pemra also told all the TV channels of the country to not invite him to their programs.
Pemra sent a communique to all the TV channels. In the communique, Pemra told that in a letter of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) issued on October 11, it was written that “Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Saboor is confirmed Alien as he is not a citizen of Pakistan.”
The letter also said that the CNIC (computerized national identity card) which was issued to Hafiz Hamdullah by NADRA was also canceled and digitally confiscated.
“Since it is established that the said person is an ‘alien’, therefore, all the TV channels (News and Current Affairs) are directed to refrain from inviting and projecting Mr. Hafiz Hamdullah Saboor in their programs/talk shows, news, etc.”, NADRA told in its letter.
Hafiz Hamdullah has remained a senator of Balochistan Province from March 2012 to March 2018, and he often appeared in evening political debates on several news channels.
The directive prohibiting him from appearing on television has come a few days before JUI-F is set to lead the opposition parties’ “Azadi” march against the current government.
The meeting conducted between a negotiating team of the government and the Rehbar committee of the joint opposition on Friday ended without any positive conclusion.
Fazlur Rehman, chief of the JUI-F party announced the decision of his party in June about the Azaadi march as he said that PM Imran Khan had come to power through the “fake” elections. He said that the march will commence on October 27 from Sindh and it will reach Islamabad on October 31. The opposition is staging this march as they believe that PM Imran Khan has failed in running the government due to which the country is facing an economic crisis.