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IHC revokes PEMRA notification that forbade broadcast of Imran Khan’s live remarks

The recent order issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) that prevented television broadcasters from airing PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s live addresses was halted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The notification was put on hold until September 5 when Chief Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamic High Court observed that the regulatory authority “does not have the power” to issue such directives.

Khan was represented at the hearing by Barristers Ali Zafar, which was presided over by the IHC Chief Justice. In it, the PTI counsel said that Khan intended to host a live telethon later on today to raise money for those who had been impacted by the storm.

After listening to the pleadings and counterarguments, the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided to suspend the notification and send notices to the regulatory authorities as well as to Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali.

The ban on PEMRA was implemented on August 21 after the chairman of the PTI promised harsh consequences for state institutions and officials of the government.

According to the notification sent out by PEMRA, Khan’s addresses constitute an egregious breach of the regulations imposed by the regulator as well as Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The PEMRA Ordinance of 2002, specifically Section 27, is cited as the legal basis for the prohibition, as stated by the regulatory body. Khan’s speech at F9 Park in Islamabad was listed as the cause behind the restriction in the notification that was sent out by PEMRA.

Khan is also facing contempt of court charges for threatening Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry during the same address, in addition to the ban that has already been issued against him.

The matter of the former prime minister being charged with contempt of court has been assigned to a larger bench of five judges to be heard by the IHC, and the former prime minister has been served with a notice to appear before the court on August 31.

Mahnur Mehfooz
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Mahnur is MS(development Studies)Student at NUST University, completed BS Hons in Eng Literature. Content Writer, Policy analyst, Climate Change specialist, Teacher, HR Recruiter.

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