The war of words between the PPPP and the Jang Group is escalating by the Nano-Second. First the PPPP boycotted the network and when Sherry Rehamn wittingly or unwittingly defied the ban, she got suspended from the party. Then PEMRA announced that the VOA airing on GEO was illegal.
Now there are charges of tax evasion by GEO.
- Jang Group blackmailing govt to evade taxes: cable operators
- CAP chairman says group owes billions of rupees to govt
- Appeals to CJP to take notice of campaign against CAP
KARACHI: The Jang Group has been blackmailing the government to evade taxes, Cable Operators Association of Pakistan (CAP) Chairman Khalid Arian claimed on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Arian alleged that the group embezzled Rs 2 billion with the help of two officials of the National Bank of Pakistan. He alleged that the group also blackmailed the cable operators, but they remained silent, fearing that their concerns could be taken as part of political confrontation. Arain appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the daily Jang and the Geo Television’s levelling false allegations against the association. Recently, he said, the group provoked the people of the Karachi to refuse to pay monthly fee to the operators by publishing a controversial advertisement.
Arain alleged that the Geo Television had put the lives of the army troops at risk when it showed their positions after terrorists attacked on the GHQ in Rawalpindi. “It was Geo, which first claimed that Mumbai attack suspect Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani,” he said. He said the people reacted strongly against the CAP when the channel had telecast false news about President Asif Ali Zardari two months ago. He alleged the Geo Television had collected General Sales Tax but it did not deposit it to the national exchequer.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Geo and Times of India received 17 million Dollars for running the Aman ke Asha venture that is so very detrimental to Pakistani interests.