Pak court halts airing Sharif's speeches for 15 days

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Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

On Tuesday, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar summoned a record of complaints against the speeches of PML-N leaders filed with Pemra. He said the bench also dismissed Sharif's petition challenging the jurisdiction of the court in this matter.

The Lahore High Court directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Monday to prevent the broadcast of anti-judiciary remarks by disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and officials of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N). On Friday, Pakistan Supreme Court had barred Sharif from electoral politics for life declaring him dishonest and not righteous person.

"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". Such verdicts are only delivered in Pakistan, he said.

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The court placed a 15-day ban on speeches deemed to be contemptuous and directed Pemra to strictly monitor the content and ensure that no television channel should broadcast contemptuous speeches.

He said the court orders should explain what it means by speech against judiciary.

Following the Panama Papers judgment which led to Nawaz Sharif's disqualification as premier, he and other PML-N leaders have drawn ire for their criticism of the judiciary.

Sharif said patriots have became traitors today, adding that he wanted all to get along. The meeting also discussed the political situation and other matters relating to the party.

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