LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday reserved its decision on PTI chairman Imran Khan’s plea challenging the ban imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on broadcasting his live speeches and press talks on satellite TV channels, ARY News reported.
Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza will announce the judgement shortly.
On Sunday, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had imposed a ban on broadcasting ‘live and recorded’ speeches and press conferences of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect.
“It has been observed that Imran Khan [Chairman PTI] in his speeches/statements is continuously alleging state institutions by leveling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquility,” stated the notification issued by the regulatory authority.
Subsequently, Imran Khan had challenged the PEMRA notification to ban his live speeches telecast in LHC.
The petition was filed by Ahmed Pansota and Ishtiaq A Khan, stating that the PEMRA notification is a violation of Article 10(A) as the constitution of Pakistan gives the right to free speech.
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Furthermore, the petition stated that the PEMRA order is a violation of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict.