LHC bans airing anti-judiciary speeches by Nawaz, others

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has given 15 days deadline to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take down anti-judiciary content and advised them to monitor all Private TV channels.

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The larger bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi comprised Justice Mobeen and Justice Atir Mehmood, announced the verdict on petitions seeking initiation of contempt cases against former premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and other PML-N leaders for criticizing the judiciary.

The court ordered the PEMRA to decide on the petitions in 15 days and until that time refrain from airing any contemptuous remarks.

As the hearing went underway the regulatory authority was slammed for dismissing petitions highlighting anti-judiciary remarks.

The court rejected the reservations raised by Nawaz Sharif through his counsel against the inclusion of Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi in the bench.

The petition seeks a ban on anti-judiciary speeches will now be decided by PEMRA.

In January, the Islamabad High Court had accepted a contempt of court petition against Sharif and his daughter Maryam for making speeches critical of the judiciary.

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