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Kasur: PML-N MNA, MPA among 50 workers arrested for protest against institutions

Kasur: PML-N MNA, MPA among 50 workers arrested for protest against institutions

ISLAMABAD: Police officers detained as many as 50 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers for holding protest against institutions in Kasur on Wednesday.

According to details, the rally was held at Shahbaz Road under the supervision of member of National Assembly (MNA) Waseem Akhtar Sheikh and member of provincial assembly (MPA) Naeem Safdar Ansari. Slogans and foul language against judicial system were also used during the protest.

The security personnel have lodged two separate cases on the applications of Advocate Major (r) Habibur Rehman and Constable Abdul Rasheed against 80 people including chairman and vice chairman and launched a search operation to nab other culprits.

Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday had issued notices to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in anti-judiciary speeches case after representative from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was summoned.

Taking suo moto notice of Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision to ban airing of anti-judiciary speeches for 15 days, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has sought record of the case.

On Monday, a three-member bench headed by Justice Muzahir Akbar Naqvi conducted hearing during which, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was directed to decide over petitions regarding on-airing the anti-judiciary speeches within 15 days.

Plaintiff’s lawyer Azhar Siddiq Advocate argued that the anti-judiciary speeches of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz are being on-aired on television channels which comes under contempt of court. After the decision of Panama Leaks case, Sharif family and PML-N leaders are openly criticizing the judiciary, he added.

PEMRA’s counsel told that the authority gave a verdict but the judge said that the petition was later dismissed by PEMRA on technical grounds. This gave impression that permission was given for broadcasting anti-judiciary speeches, he stated.

Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer said that PEMRA is bound to follow its code of conduct and that Supreme Court (SC) had not taken any notice of this issue.

Earlier, SC had disposed of contempt of court petitions against Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif and Captain (r) Safdar.

CJP said that former PM used inappropriate words against JIT, not the court. We have record of anti-judiciary speeches of Sharif family which will be unveiled on a suitable time.

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