Vilifying the PM: Scandal mongers to face criminal prosecution, says minister 

Published: March 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has cautioned that anyone running a vilification campaign against the prime minister and his family on social media could face prosecution under the cybercrime law.

Addressing a news conference along with PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz, the minister said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had mounted a social media campaign to influence the court verdict in the Panama Papers case.

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Action against those involved in baseless propaganda should not be called political victimisation, she told reporters in Islamabad on Monday.

“PTI continues to create falsehoods to discredit Nawaz Sharif and malign members of his family,” she claimed.

The PM’s family was named in the Panama Papers, which comprised 11.5 million documents, showing how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted away their money in offshore holdings.

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During the 26 hearings of the case, whose verdict has been reserved, the information minister said the PM did not seek privileges and exemptions given to him by the Constitution, adding that the ruling party would accept the decision that is announced by the apex court.

Commenting on the alleged media trial of Maryam Nawaz on social media, the minister said: “The status of Maryam Nawaz will be decided by people of Pakistan”.


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Reader Comments (7)

  • chengez k
    Mar 14, 2017 - 1:01AM

    Go Nawaz GoRecommend

  • salman
    Mar 14, 2017 - 3:03AM

    What? Have the time the PM lawyer spent arguing that SC cannot hear the case! Recommend

  • omar
    Mar 14, 2017 - 9:19AM

    that’s violation of basic human rights and free speech. if only she was educated!Recommend

  • Anon
    Mar 14, 2017 - 10:21AM

    Jamhooriyat at work!

    N-League style

  • Anon
    Mar 14, 2017 - 10:38AM

    If the Status of Maryam Nawaz is going to be decided by the people of Pakistan, why do we have a judicial system at all?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 14, 2017 - 11:02AM

    “The status of Maryam Nawaz …. Pakistan”. Seriously, what does that even mean????!!.
    By the way under which capacity did she address and was involved in the ‘Women Parliamentarians Conference?! Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 14, 2017 - 3:37PM

    If a Prime Minister is not capable to withstand critique from the public and requires his cronies for defense then he should better give up the political office and choose a non politic position in the society.

    Rex MinorRecommend

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