Monday , March 30 2020

LHC asks PEMRA to stop airing anti-judiciary speeches

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday directed the country’s electronic media regulator to prevent TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches of the Sharif family and PML-N leaders till it rules on the maintainability of the case.

The court issued the order while hearing a contempt of court petition filed by Amaan Welfare Foundation President Amina Malik earlier this month against the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and 13 federal and provincial ministers of the ruling PML-N for their public outburst against the Supreme Court.

Hearing the petition, LHC Justice Mamnoon Rasheed Sheikh issued notices to Pemra Chairman Absar Alam and to the regulatory authority’s Council of Complaints (CoC) asking them to file a report by September 12.

The petitioner had asked the court to direct Pemra to stop airing and telecasting derogatory and defamatory speeches allegedly made by Nawaz Sharif and PML-N ministers.

The court also asked the PEMRA to airing of derogatory speeches by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on electronic media.

Former PM Nawaz Sharif during his GT Road rally lambasted the former military dictators who ruled the country for most of its history and the Supreme Court judges who failed to hold them accountable for subverting the constitution

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