CJP takes notice of ban on Nawaz, Maryam’s anti-judiciary speeches

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took notice of the Lahore High Court verdict that ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to stop TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other PML-N leaders.

The chief justice has summoned record of the case to determine whether the restriction on their speeches is in violation of a constitutional right to freedom of speech.

On Monday, a larger bench of the LHC ordered Pemra to stop television channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches by Sharif, his daughter and other party leaders.

The larger bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi, gave this 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 bench directed the media regulatory body to ensure that no anti-judiciary content is aired on TV channels.

The petitioners submitted that Sharif and his daughter had been severely criticizing the judiciary in their public speeches.

They said the regulatory body had so far failed to take any action to stop the airing of the speeches despite high court orders in this regard.

The petitioners pleaded with the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sharif and his daughter and restrain them from maligning the judiciary.

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