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PPP parts ways with PML-N over defamation Bill: Gilani says party would not support the bill

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced on Wednesday its decision to part ways with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the controversial defamation bill.

PPP leader Ali Haider Gilani expressed his concerns, stating, “The PPP was not consulted regarding the defamation bill. Our party has never supported this legislation.”

Gilani noted that PPP lawmakers were deliberately absent during the bill’s approval, following the directive from the party leadership to abstain from the proceedings.

Punjab government tables defamation bill, aims to regulate social media

Recently, the Punjab government introduced a defamation law that includes provisions to regulate social media.

During a press conference in Lahore, Punjab Information Minister Azma Bukhari declared, “No one will be allowed to insult others on social media. Affected individuals can file applications through a tribunal, and defamation cases must be concluded within 180 days.”

She added, “Three proceedings will be held within 21 days. There is a pressing need to end the culture of hurling accusations at each other.”

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