Affidavit sought from PEMRA regarding ban on Imran’s speeches

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday held a hearing on petitions challenging the ban on speeches by former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan, despite a previous court order delaying the ban.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza presided over the proceedings, hearing arguments from Khan’s lawyer, Ahmad Pansota. The court requested an affidavit from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman confirming no additional restrictions on Khan’s statements or interviews on TV channels.

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Additionally, the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) was ordered to submit a written response. The hearing has been adjourned until next week. The petitioner argued that blocking Khan’s speeches contravenes the principle of equal airtime for political parties, further highlighting the previous court order delaying the ban’s implementation.

Khan’s speeches were banned by PEMRA on August 21, 2022, citing violations of Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002. The notification claimed Khan’s speeches contained baseless allegations against state institutions and officers, specifically referencing his address at F-9 Park, Islamabad. The ban prompted legal challenges that culminated in today’s hearing. – INP

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