LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has imposed a 15-day ban on airing anti-judiciary speeches of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and others.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Muzahir Akbar Naqvi conducted hearing of the case.
During the proceedings, 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 that 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.
Subsequently, the court directed PEMRA to strictly monitor the speeches.
Earlier, Supreme Court (SC) had disposed of contempt of court petitions against Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif and Captain (r) Safdar.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar 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.
On August 10, Nawaz Sharif departed for Lahore from Islamabad via GT Road and reached on August 13 amid applause and love from the passionate Pakistan Muslim-League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters.
Throughout the journey, Nawaz Sharif addressed in big cities including Gujrat, Gujranwala, Muridke and Lahore and denied the SC decision, asking his workers to support him.