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No ‘circus’ or Neelam Ghar will be allowed to be broadcast on TV this Ramazan, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said on Tuesday while hearing a case concerning the implementation of the broadcast regulator’s code of conduct for Ramazan transmissions and morning shows on television.

A Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) representative present for the hearing submitted the watchdog’s guidelines for Ramazan transmissions and assured the court that all channels would have to abide by them.

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Justice Siddiqui ordered that the airing of the Azan (call to prayer) five times a day must also be made mandatory for all channels. “There is no bigger breaking news for Muslims than the Azan,” he said.

“Channels air dance, music and advertisements at Azan timings. PTV has also stopped airing Azan,” he regretted. He warned that a ban would be imposed on Ramazan transmissions if this “circus” continued.

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