The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on Thursday announced that it had issued notices to channels for airing former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s interview. Dar, in an interview on BBC News’ show “HARDtalk”, had spoken on several issues — the National Accountability Bureau, his return, 2018 general elections, former premier Nawaz Sharif’s allegations against the army, among other things. PEMRA had banned the broadcast of speeches, interviews, and public addresses by absconders and proclaimed offenders in October. “A self-explanatory complaint (has been) received from Mr. Muhammad Azhar Siddique against the several news channels in particular who aired the interview/speech/ public addresses of an absconder or a proclaimed offender,” read PEMRA’s notice. PEMRA said that it was found upon investigating the complaint that news channels were violating the earlier directive of the Authority which had been issued on May 27, 2019, on proclaimed offenders. The Supreme Court, in 2017, had declared the former finance minister an absconder when he had failed to appear before it as he was in London, reportedly undergoing medical treatment. Dar, since then, has been residing in London.