On March 06, 2013, the National Assembly after starting only 35 minutes late in its 13th sitting of the current session adopted a resolution to demand action against “anchorpersons who are telecasting programmes against parliamentarians…without verification of the facts.”
The sitting witnessed low attendance of members as only 35 were present at the outset of the sitting while 45 were there at the adjournment.
The sitting which lasted for two hours and 42 minutes adopted the following Resolution:
“All anchorpersons who are telecasting programmes against parliamentarians and other entities without verification of the facts for some personal agendas or for some ulterior motives or for some unlawful gains or such anchorpersons who have been exposed for their non-professional conduct, this House strongly condemns such anchorpersons and demand from the owner of the media houses to expel them forthwith besides other due actions.”
This whole rigmarole of passing the resolution was quite immaturish and would only help in giving more publicity to Mubashir Luqman whose remarks against the Federal Minister for Education triggered the whole episode. The TV news channels are fast losing their viewership and such steps help in reviving their popularity.