K-P govt wants NAB amendments case hearing broadcast live

Incarcerated PTI founder to appear again at next hearing from Adiala jail via video link

Hasnaat Malik May 20, 2024
The Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: APP/FILE


The provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking a live broadcast of the NAB law amendments case.

The petition stated that the apex court and TV channels live-streamed the hearing earlier hearing on intra-court appeals against the NAB amendments, however, the last hearing was not aired.

“Non-live showing of the case proceedings amongst others is a discrimination” said the petition and appealed the apex court to ensure unedited live streaming of the case on all TV channels.

The last hearing on the NAB case featured a public appearance by incarcerated PTI founder Imran Khan after around nine months.

The apex court expressed annoyance at violation of court rules, after pictures of incarcerated Imran went viral on social media, showing him attending the apex court proceedings from the prison via a video link.

The SC initiated an investigation on the matter. The police deputed for the apex court’s security questioned individuals and also intensified security checks for the people entering the courtroom. The court had decided not to broadcast Thursday’s proceedings, despite live-streaming the previous hearing of the case via the SC’s website and YouTube.

Read SC allows Imran to appear in court via video link

Last week, A five-member SC bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa including Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi heard the federal government’s intra-court appeal challenging the apex court’s majority verdict which declared amendments to the Nationa Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 2002 illegal.


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