Airing anti-judiciary speeches banned

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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.

The accused including former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar also appeared before the court.

The political future of Sharif, who leads the countrys most powerful political family and his party (PML-N), has been hanging in the balance since then.

Naqvi said that while Article 19 of the Constitution allowed fair criticism of the judiciary, not every person should be allowed to criticise the courts just for the sake of exercising the right, The Express Tribune reported.

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.

The court placed a 15-day ban on speeches deemed to be contemptuous and directed Pemra to strictly monitor the content and ensure that no television channel should broadcast contemptuous speeches.

He drew the attention to Article 68, saying it even prevented the Parliament from criticising the judiciary and its decisions.

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The petitioner said PEMRA did not block these hateful and ridiculing remarks passed against the judiciary.

Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir resumed hearing of the corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Panamagate verdict.

Noting that the notice did not prove the authority failed in its duties, Justice Jahangir stressed that it was not fulfilling its responsibilities. However, the bench rejected his application to reconstitute the bench after exclusion of Justice Naqvi.

Reports say the meeting participants also shared views view on challenging the LHC decision in the Supreme Court.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, summoned a copy of the LHC judgement.

Counsel for one of the petitioners, Azhar Siddiqui informed the court that Pemra did not take any action over petitions filed with it regarding alleged anti-judiciary speeches by PML-N leaders.

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