Pak court bans air­ing of anti- ju­di­ciary speeches by PM Ab­basi, Nawaz

Anti- ju­di­ciary con­tent to be re­moved from elec­tronic me­dia in 15 days

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

La­hore, April 16: The La­hore high court ( LHC) on Mon­day placed a tem­po­rary ban on the air­ing of anti- ju­di­ciary speeches by Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi, former Pre­mier Nawaz Sharif and daugh­ter Maryam Nawaz and 14 other law­mak­ers, the Ex­press News re­ported.

A full bench headed by Jus­tice Maza­hir Ali Ak­bar Naqvi and com­pris­ing Jus­tice Ma­sood Ja­hangir and Jus­tice Atir Mah­moud re­sumed hear­ing of 27 mis­cel­la­neous con­tempt pe­ti­tions against those ac­cused of mak­ing anti- ju­di­ciary re­marks.

LHC has re­ferred the pe­ti­tions to the Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity ( Pemra) and gave the reg­u­la­tory body 15 days to re­move anti- ju­di­ciary con­tent in ad­di­tion to de­cid­ing on the pe­ti­tions filed.

The high court also has di­rected all con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to en­sure no con­temp­tu­ous speech is broad­cast on any TV chan­nel in the next 15 days. The ju­di­ciary will also mon­i­tor con­tent on TV to en­sure no vi­o­la­tions oc­cur.

Dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings, the reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity was slammed for dis­miss­ing pe­ti­tions high­light­ing anti- ju­di­ciary re­marks. Pe­ti­tioner’s coun­sel Ad­vo­cate Azhar Sid­diqui in­formed the court that PEMRA did not take any ac­tion over pe­ti­tions filed re­gard­ing an­ti­ju­di­ciary speeches. “My job is to bring anti- ju­di­ciary re­marks on record,” said Sid­diqui.

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Jus­tice Naqvi re­marked that while Ar­ti­cle 19 of the Con­sti­tu­tion al­lowed fair crit­i­cism of ju­di­ciary, not ev­ery per­son should be al­lowed to crit­i­cise it just for the sake of ex­er­cis­ing their right to crit­i­cise. He added that it made sense for a lawyer or an ex­pert to dwell on ju­di­cial ver­dicts but not ev­ery other per­son. Draw­ing at­ten­tion to Ar­ti­cle 68, Jus­tice Naqvi said it even pre­vented the Par­lia­ment from crit­i­cis­ing the ju­di­ciary and its de­ci­sions. “A per­son dis­sat­is­fied at a ver­dict should file a re­view pe­ti­tion,” he added.

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