So far above 20 FIRs have been registered under Pakistan’s blasphemy law and Anti-Terrorism Act, including against the owner of the Geo Channel, a well-known television anchor, Dr. Shaista Lodhi, and an actress, Veena Mailk in different parts of the country.
Geo’s prominent TV anchor, Shaista Lodhi, in her morning show ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’ on May 14 had apparently disrespected the family members of Prophet Muhammad by celebrating the wedding of a controversial actress Veena Malik.
The cases have been filed against all of them involved under 295, 298, 499, 34 and 1295 of Pakistan Penal Code and 7 ATA in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Multan, Okara, Vehari, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib and some other districts of Punjab province.
Geo media group owner Mir Shakilur Rehman has already been living in Dubai while Malik along with her husband Asad Khatak also moved to Dubai almost immediately after the controversy break out.
According to sources, Lodhi too has also moved to Dubai dreading the anger of extremists.
Since the matter came to forefront there have been protests demonstrations across the country wanting a ban on Geo and stern action against the blamed.
Currently Jammat-ud-Dawah and PML-Q held demonstrations in Nankana district, some 80 kilometres from Lahore, against Geo TV for planning propaganda against the ISI chief and airing a blasphemous show.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) which served a show-cause notice on Geo Entertainment network for broadcasting blasphemous content and Geo News for accusing the ISI chief for the shot attack on journalist, Hamid Mir, has yet to take action.