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PEMRA slaps ban on live coverage of Imran Khan’s appearance in trial court at judicial complex

PEMRA slaps ban on live coverage of Imran Khan’s appearance in trial court at judicial complex

ISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator, PEMRA slapped a ban on live TV coverage of PTI chairman Imran Khan’s appearance in the trial court on Saturday.

Khan is appearing in the trial court at Judicial Complex regarding his non-bailable arrest warrants in the Toshakhana case.

The Pemra’s order includes a ban on any procession or rally being staged today at the judicial complex in Islamabad.

The authority observed with concern that satellite TV channels are showing live footage and images of the attack, violent mob, and LEAs activities.

“Such footage/images appeared on TV channels without any editorial oversight during a recent standoff between PTI workers and LEAs officials in Lahore.”

Activists of Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) take part in a thanksgiving day rally in Islamabad. A Pakistani opposition party has abruptly called off a planned “lockdown” of the capital after the Supreme Court paved the way for an investigation into allegations of corruption against the prime minister’s family.

Former prime minister Imran Khan is appearing in the trial court in the Toshakhana case at the Judicial Complex in Islamabad.


Lahore police raided the Zaman Park residence of Imran Khan and arrested several PTI men from there who put up resistance during police action.

File photo of Police-PTI workers clashes during recent operation launched to arrest Imran Khan.

Lahore police took this action at a time when PTI chairman Imran Khan is on his way to Islamabad to appear in the trial court in the Toshakhana case. The former PM is set to appear in the court before 5 pm on Saturday, as per the order of the Islamabad High Court.

On Friday, the IHC suspended non-bailable arrest warrants for Imran Khan for one day (Till Saturday 5 pm) to allow Khan to appear in the country.

The IHC gave this order a day after the trial court judge Zafar Iqbal upheld the arrest warrants of Imran Khan and rejected Khan’s plea to dismiss his non-bailable arrest warrant.

Meanwhile, police have rounded up over PTI 20 workers who put up resistance against the police action.

According to police, the raid was conducted to clear the PTI camps established near the residence of Imran Khan.

“Section 144 is imposed, you are kindly advised to disperse,” police announced before taking action at Zaman Park.

Former PM Imran Khan lambasts police action

PTI chairman Imran Khan lambasted Lahore police for raiding his Zaman Park residence today when he left for Islamabad to appear in court.

Khan said that the police have violated the law and unlawfully arrested peaceful PTI workers. He termed it a victimization of his party workers.

Security beefed up in Islamabad

Islamabad police tightened security arrangements in the city ahead of the arrival of PTI chairman Imran Khan. Khan is appearing in the trial court at the Judicial Complex in Islamabad on Saturday.

Police have deployed their officials at the main entrance and barriers were also placed at important places to avoid any mishap when the former prime minister appears in the trial court.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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