Imran Khan’s Live Speeches are now Unbanned after IHC Suspended the Notification

Earlier story, Pemra has been Banned Live speeches of Former PM Imran Khan on Aug 21.

(Infosette News) ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has stayed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) ruling that forbade the live broadcast of speeches by the former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The petition submitted by Imran Khan’s attorney earlier in the day was reviewed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah.

The authority “does not have the authority” to issue such directives, the court stated, suspending the PEMRA’s notification until September 5.

In the meantime, Imran Khan’s attorney, Barrister Ali Zafar, stated that the former prime minister planned to host a live telethon later today to raise money for flood victims.

The IHC Chief Justice listened to the arguments, postponed the notification, and sent notices to Ashtar Ausaf Ali, the Pakistani Attorney General, as well as the regulating body.

Imran Khan’s attorneys had earlier in the day filed a petition asking the court to overturn the ban imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on live telecasts of speeches.

According to the plea, Imran “had demanded to take legal action against individuals involved while referring to the violence against party member Shahbaz Gill.”

The PTI chief’s speech was misinterpreted as hate speech, it said, adding that as a citizen, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit.

It said, “Imran’s support for taking legal action against those accountable for Gill’s torture does not come within hate speech.

Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, was prohibited from giving live remarks on all TV networks on August 21 by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

In its press release, PEMRA stated: “It has been noted that Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, continuously accuses state institutions in his speeches/statements by making irrational accusations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers, which is detrimental to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquilly.”

 

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