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Lahore HC bans airing anti-judiciary speeches of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

17 April 2018

The hearing on the notice would be held today at 1pm.

As the hearing went under way later in the afternoon, the court expressed displeasure at the media coverage of the LHC order, with Justice Ijazul Ahsan terming it fake news.

As the hearing of the case started NAB court granted a one-day exemption to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from appearance after their lawyer informed the court that their flight wasn't able to take off from Lahore due to inclement weather.

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The bench had also directed Pemra to decide the complaints pending with it regarding the alleged contemptuous speeches within 15 days.

The chief justice remarked that nowhere does it say in the LHC order that Nawaz and Maryam's speeches have been banned. "It is part of the code of conduct that a (judicial) matter can not be discussed until the court takes the final decision; however, news channels have been crossing the limit by broadcasting talk shows on such cases", said Chudhry Khadim Huddain, editor of a national daily.

"Maryam Nawaz and Nawaz Sharif can come here and speak for as long as they want", Justice Nisar said and added, "Is there anyone in this country who would disagree with Article 19 of the 1973 Constitution?" She said in Pakistan vote bank belonged to PML-N.

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The larger bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi, gave this verdict on petitions seeking initiation of contempt cases against former premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and other PML-N leaders for criticizing the judiciary.

On Monday, a larger bench of the LHC ordered Pemra to stop television channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches by Sharif, his daughter and other party leaders.

Several Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including Pervez Rashid, Mushahidullah Khan and Mahmood Khan Achakzai are also present on the occasion.

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Sharif, 68, is facing three corruption cases linked to the Panama Papers case in an anti-graft court.

Lahore HC bans airing anti-judiciary speeches of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif