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Sunday, April 14, 2024

ARY fires Arshad Sharif

According to an announcement made by ARY News, anchorperson Arshad Sharif has been fired.

The ARY Network on Wednesday announced it has “parted ways” with anchorperson Arshad Sharif without citing a specific reason but stating that it expects its employees’ conduct on social media to be in line with the company policy.

The announcement was made in a statement posted by the channel on its social media accounts.

“ARY Network’s code of conduct for its employees clearly states that any post by an employee on social media has to be in accordance with the company’s policy,” it stated.

“Thus, with a heavy heart we would like to announce that after a journey of 8 years together, ARY has parted way with Arshad Sharif. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavors,” the statement added.

The company, however, did not mention the social media post for which Sharif was let go.

Earlier this month, the police had booked Sharif, ARY Digital Network President and CEO Salman Iqbal, Head of News and Current Affairs Ammad Yousaf, anchorperson Khawar Ghumman and a producer for sedition over a controversial interview by PTI leader Dr Shahbaz Gill broadcast on the channel on Aug 8.

A day later, the Interior Ministry had cancelled the channel’s no-objection certificate citing “adverse reports from agencies” as the reason behind the decision.

Condemnations Pour In

Immediately after ARY News’ announcement today, the International Human Rights Foundation condemned the development in a tweet.

The International Human Rights Foundation also called for the viewers not to boycott ARY News as it is facing numerous issues, including a ban by PEMRA.

Read More: Pakistan raises storm over PEMRA’s suspension of ARY channel

Shortly after the announcement, people came out in support of the anchorperson who had left the country last month due to life threats.

Currently, #ArshadShareef is among the top twitter trends in Pakistan.