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Pak court halts airing Sharif’s speeches for 15 days


Lahore : A Pakistani court on Monday ordered the country’s electronic media watchdog to stop the TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his other aides, and submit a report within 15 days.

 A three-member Lahore High Court bench headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi also directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to decide all pending complaints regarding the alleged contemptuous speeches within 15 days and devise a framework.The court also rejected an application filed by Advocate A K Dogar on behalf of Sharif requesting that Justice Naqvi recuse himself from the full bench.

“PEMRA has also been directed by the LHC to strictly monitor TV channels with regard to airing any anti-judiciary speeches/remarks and submit a report after 15 days,” a court official told PTI. He said the bench also dismissed Sharif’s petition challenging the jurisdiction of the court in this matter.

Sharif, 68, is facing three corruption cases linked to the Panama Papers case in an anti-graft court.

Bad weather prevents Sharif, daughter from attending Avenfield hearing

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz pinned the blame on bad weather for their failure to attend the proceedings of the Avenfield properties case against them.

According to ARY News, as Judge Muhammad Bashir commenced proceedings, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) supremo’s lawyer informed the court that they couldn’t make it to Islamabad from Lahore owing to rough skies. Subsequently, the advocate filed an appeal for exemption from personal appearance during Monday’s trial.