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LHC slaps temporarily ban airing contemptuous speeches of Nawaz, Maryam and others

LHC slaps temporarily ban airing contemptuous speeches of Nawaz, Maryam and others”

Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, who headed a three-member full bench, also ruled that the court will personally monitor PEMRA's conduct in the next two weeks to see how it implements the court's order.

The Avenfield properties reference is among three cases filed against Nawaz and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) past year on the Supreme Court's directives, which also disqualified Nawaz Sharif as premier and party head.

A Pakistani court today ordered the country's electronic media watchdog to stop the TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his other aides, and submit a report within 15 days.

Examine: What qualifies as anti-judiciary speech? It made sense for a lawyer or an expert in legal matters to comment on judicial verdicts, the judge added.

Advocate Salman Akram Raja, the counsel for Pemra, argued that the petitioners were raising unnecessary objections against the regulatory body's authority.

"This is not a minor mistake", the bench replied.

The court reserved its decision after hearing all arguments and subsequently announced a 15-day ban on speeches deemed to be contemptuous. "Instead of taking action, Pemra sought advice from judiciary".

Following the Panama Papers verdict which led to Sharif's disqualification as premier, Sharif and other PML-N leaders have drawn ire for their criticism of the judiciary.

The petitioners pleaded with the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sharif and his daughter and restrain them from maligning the judiciary.

Maryam in her address had said: "The SC judges had asked Imran Khan (cricketer-turned-politician and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman) to file a petition so that they could oust Nawaz Sharif as he (Khan) had failed to make that happen through protest movement".



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