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

Sharif called for an end to muzzling media and individuals. "The judges acted as lawyers of Imran Khan and they were party against Nawaz Sharif".

But the bench dismissed the defense counsel's reservations in this regard. "Instead of taking action, Pemra sought advice from judiciary".

"Should we not infer from this that you [Pemra] allowed airing of anti-judiciary speeches by rejecting the application?" the bench asked.

The Attorney General read out the LHC verdict in the courtroom, saying it had directed the Pemra to stop news channels from airing speeches against the judiciary and judges. He pointed out that Article 68 even prevented Parliament from criticising the judiciary and its decisions.

"A person dissatisfied at a verdict should file a review petition", he added.

Disqualified premier Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday stressed the need for respecting the "sanctity of vote" as it was linked to security, prosperity and development of the country.

Multiple petitions have been filed in different courts against them over alleged contempt of court.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the former prime minister will also accompany him.

"Freedom of speech is a fundamental right of every citizen", Barrister Ali Zafar, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told Arab News.

Sharif was referring to eight lawmakers from South Punjab who had recently left PML-N and launched their own "Junubi Punjab Sooba Mahaz". He said in the past, the elected governments had taken historical decisions, adding decision of atomic explosions was also taken by a civilian government.

The former PM was addressing a "Vote Ko Izzat Do" seminar in Islamabad on Monday.

  • Joey Payne