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No airtime for convicted or undertrial politicians: Pakistan government 

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 10, 2019, 04.59 PM (IST)

After removing three television channels from the country's airwaves, Pakistan cabinet on Tuesday has issued an order banning media coverage of politicians convicted or undertrial.

Pakistan government has said that they will not allow airing interviews or give any media coverage to such politicians. 

The government has also directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ( PEMRA) to fulfil its “responsibility” to discourage airing of such programmes. 

''Those who have plundered national wealth and brought the country on the verge of collapse should not be glorified. No democracy permits interviews and media coverage of those who have been arrested on charges of corruption'' said Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood addressing a post-cabinet meeting.

Mehmood said that the government had not directed PEMRA to close down any private television channel. 

Just last week, Pakistan's largest private broadcaster Geo News TV abruptly took an interview with former president Asif Ali Zardari off-air shortly after it began.

Zardari was reportedly talking about a financial scandal that could have hurt Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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The government has also directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ( PEMRA) to fulfil its “responsibility” to discourage airing of such programmes.