Court didn't bar Nawaz, Maryam from making speeches, explains CJP


PTI Central Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry said that the court has awakened the regulator, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) through its decision.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while wrapping up a suo motu notice on Tuesday, upheld the Lahore High Court's (LHC) decision to bar TV channels from airing "anti-judiciary speeches" on television in the future.

The bench on Monday had also directed PEMRA to decide within 15 days all complaints regarding broadcasting anti-judiciary speeches.

The home of a senior judge overseeing corruption cases against the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been attacked by a gunman.

When the court asked the regulatory body why it had dismissed the petitions, Pemra's counsel Salman Akram Raja said the allegations against the government agency were baseless.

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The Avenfield properties reference is among three filed against Nawaz and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a year ago on the directions of the Supreme Court. Sharif has dismissed the corruption charges as politically motivated.

The PML-N leaders were served notices by the court to appear in person or by counsel today.

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

Earlier, on April 16, Lahore High Court (LHC) rule the verdict on over two dozen petitions filed against "anti-judiciary" speeches by Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other party leaders.

She said Maryam made the most adverse remarks about the five judges who handed down disqualification to Sharif. "A person dissatisfied at a verdict should file a review petition", he said. "The judges acted as lawyers of Imran Khan and they were party against Nawaz Sharif". CJP inquired PEMRA chairman about action taken against media outlets over airing fake news.