Lahore HC bans airing anti-judiciary speeches of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani high court has banned TV stations from airing alleged anti-judiciary speeches of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other party leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for the next 15 days.

A three-judge bench of the Lahore High Court (HC) was hearing petitions against alleged contemptuous speeches by PML-N leaders since Sharif was ousted from office in a graft case July 28, 2017.

The court referred the petitions to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Monday to decide the cases within 15 days and until that time refrained news channels from airing any contemptuous remarks.

“Until the authority decides the complaints, no alleged anti-judiciary speeches delivered by PML-N leaders will be aired on TV channels during the 15 days. The judiciary will also monitor content on channels to ensure no violations occur,” the court ruled.

About 27 miscellaneous contempt petitions were…

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