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

Lawyer Amjad Pervaiz will continue cross-examination of Panama JIT head Wajid Zia

Lawyer Amjad Pervaiz will continue cross-examination of Panama JIT head Wajid Zia

The high court also has directed all concerned authorities to ensure no contemptuous speech is broadcast on any TV channel in the next 15 days.

Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, who headed a three-judge bench, said the court would monitor the regulatory body's actions in the next two weeks. "A person dissatisfied at a verdict should file a review petition", he added.

LHC has referred the petitions to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and gave the regulatory body 15 days to remove anti-judiciary content in addition to deciding on the petitions filed. About 27 miscellaneous contempt petitions were filed in the Lahore HC against Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and 14 other lawmakers since the disqualification of Sharif in the Panama Papers case verdict.

"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".

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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.

"The authority may have committed a minor mistake by dismissing the petition", replied Raja. "PEMRA may have made a minor error [of judgment] by rejecting the application", the counsel responded. "Instead of taking action, PEMRA sought advice from the judiciary". The bench, however, dismissed the defence counsel's reservations. "Should publishing of such a notice be considered a minor mistake?"

The Supreme Court, however, dismissed multiple contempt of court petitions against the ousted prime minister last month, saying on one occasion: "Commenting cleanly on a [court] decision is the right of every citizen".

Maryam's counsel Amjad Pervez resumed 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 past year.

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