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Pak court bans airing of Sharif's 'anti-judiciary' speeches for 15 days

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The High Court today ordered the Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to stop the TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches by ousted Sharif, his daughter and his other aides.

A three-member bench headed by Justice also directed PEMRA to decide all pending complaints regarding the alleged contemptuous speeches within 15 days and devise a framework.

"PEMRA has also been directed by the LHC to strictly monitor TV channels with regard to airing any anti-judiciary speeches/remarks and submit a report after 15 days," a told

He said the bench also dismissed Sharif's petition challenging the jurisdiction of the court in this matter.

Sharif, 68, is facing three corruption cases linked to the in an anti-graft court. The of had disqualified him in July last year, forcing the three-time to resign. Sharif has dismissed the corruption charges as politically motivated.

The political future of Sharif, who leads the country's most powerful political family and his party (PML-N), has been hanging in the balance since then. If convicted, he can be jailed.

Multiple petitions have been filed in different courts against them over alleged contempt of court.

A petitioner, Amina Malik, told the court that Sharif, his daughter Maryam, Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, and verbally attacked the judges in a rally in Jaranwala (some 150-km from Lahore) for disqualifying Sharif from the office of

She said Maryam made the most adverse remarks about the five judges who handed down disqualification to Sharif.

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

The petitioner further said their tirade was going unnoticed.

She further said the members and their aides pointed fingers at the honesty, bravery and upholding rule of law.

"If they are not stopped they will continue attacking the judiciary, the petitioner said, requesting the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the respondents under the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution.

The petitioner said PEMRA did not block these hateful and ridiculing remarks passed against the judiciary.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:05 IST
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