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Let’s banish bans

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IS there any possibility we can banish this politics of bans from the country? First, it was Nawaz Sharif banned for life from running for office, now the same sort of cloud is hanging over Imran Khan; and while that move will take some time to play out, PTI’s media partner, ARY News is also facing a ban.

One hopes that the judiciary can thwart these ludicrous attempts aimed at banning politicians and TV channels and also reverses the historical wrong delivered under its own hand to disqualify an elected prime minister. If anything, it is such judicial, institutional overreach that should be curbed.

Let me be honest, I don’t subscribe to what the channel in question puts out in the name of journalism but my solution is to exercise my choice via the remote. There are a number of options such as changing to a channel whose journalism is closer to what journalism ought to be or simply switching off the TV.

Believe me, exercising the last option would usher in peace and infinite amounts of sanity in your life. A cacophony of noises that the bulk of the prime time ‘talk shows’ represent is hardly enlightening, enriching or even entertaining.

The option to change channels or stop watching at all should rest with the viewer.

Mostly, such shouting matches betray the participants’ ignorance, even outright dishonesty. Not just that. You also have to put up with often uninformed, pompous, laughing-at-their-own jokes, agenda-peddling anchors. But the option to change channels or stop watching at all should........

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