The Ministry of Interior has cancelled the no-objection certificate (NOC) of ARY Communications Private Ltd, citing “adverse reports from agencies” as the reason behind the decision. Reporting on the development, ARY News’ English website called the cancellation by “the coalition government led by PML-N” an “economic murder of more than 4,000 media workers associated with the news channel”.
The report also called it a “a new move against the journalist fraternity”, saying this was done without any notice.
“The channel’s administration condemned the suspension of its transmissions, saying the network is being victimised by the federal government,” it added.
ARY News embroiled into a controversy after PTI leader Shahbaz Gill uttered “seditious remarks” against the Pakistan Army while talking to the TV channel earlier this week. Later on Tuesday, he was taken into custody at Banigala Chowk in the capital.