LHC bans live broadcast of Altaf Hussain’s speeches

LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday banned the live telecast of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain’s speeches on TV channels till September 7.


The court, while banning the live broadcast of speeches made by the MQM supremo, also issued notices to the foreign secretary, interior secretary and secretary to the prime minister, seeking details of Altaf Hussain’s nationality.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi and comprising Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu and Justice Erum Sajjad Gul, heard a petition relating to allegations against Altaf Hussain of spreading hate through speeches.

The petition, filed by advocates Abdullah Malik, Aftab, Maqsood and others, called for a lifetime ban on live telecast of Altaf Hussain’s speeches.

The petition maintained that Altaf was in violation of Article 5 which asks for showing loyalty to the state and obedience to the constitution. Hence a case of treason should be registered against the MQM chief under Article 6 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Additionally, the court sought record of Hussain’s speeches in the past from the additional advocate general (AAG) and the advocate general of Punjab.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned till September 7.