Lahore HC bans airing anti-judiciary speeches of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

AC approves one-day exemption plea of Nawaz, Maryam

AC approves one-day exemption plea of Nawaz, Maryam

This will be the 11th hearing of this case in the Accountability court, where after Nawaz Sharif's defence, Maryam's counsel will be cross examining Wajid Zia. "One can't, for instance, make anti-judiciary comments", he added.

The petitioner said PEMRA did not block these hateful and ridiculing remarks passed against the judiciary. He pointed out that Article 68 even prevented Parliament from criticising the judiciary and its decisions.

When the court asked the regulatory body why it had dismissed the petitions, Pemra's counsel Salman Akram Raja said the allegations against the government agency were baseless. Such verdicts are only delivered in Pakistan, he said.

After hearing arguments of the both sides, the bench reserved the verdict for a while and then assembled again and announced it. "The judiciary will also monitor content on channels to ensure no violations occur", the court ruled.

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

Maryam's counsel Amjad Pervez concluded the cross-examination of Wajid Zia, an additional director at the Federal Investigation Agency who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family's assets a year ago.

The accused including former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar also appeared before the court.

Sharif called for an end to muzzling media and individuals. "In case of a live transmission, no one can predict what a speaker is going to say".

It also summoned the attorney general (AG) of Pakistan as well as advocate generals of all four provinces and registrar Lahore High Court. The meeting also discussed the political situation and other matters relating to the party.

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