Pak court bans airing of Sharifs anti-judiciary speeches for 15 days

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"It is part of the code of conduct that a (judicial) matter can not be discussed until the court takes the final decision; however, news channels have been crossing the limit by broadcasting talk shows on such cases", said Chudhry Khadim Huddain, editor of a national daily. "Instead of taking action, PEMRA sought advice from the judiciary". 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.

He said Pemra had rejected an application against alleged anti-judiciary speeches on "technical grounds" using its authority.

The petitioners submitted that Sharif and his daughter had been severely criticizing the judiciary in their public speeches.

It is the fourth full bench which decided the case as earlier three benches got dissolved due to different reasons.

Maryam's counsel in the case resumed cross-examination of prosecution witness Wajid Zia, the head of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Sharif family's offshore assets.

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"If they are not stopped they will continue attacking the judiciary, ? the petitioner said, requesting the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the respondents under the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution". Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and federal and provincial ministers of the PML-N have also been made respondents in the petitions.

Plaintiff's lawyer Azhar Siddiq Advocate argued that the anti-judiciary speeches of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz are being on-aired on television channels that comes under contempt of court.

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

Nawaz Sharif said they shouldn't repeat the previous mistakes.

It was discussed how much the decision will impact the PML-N movement with the motto "vote ko izzat do" in near future.

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