LHC bans broadcast of Altaf's speeches, pictures

Published: September 7, 2015
Lahore High Court. PHOTO: LHC.GOV.PK

Lahore High Court. PHOTO: LHC.GOV.PK

The Lahore High Court (LHC) directed on Monday Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ban the broadcast of speeches and images of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain across all electronic media, Express News reported.

While hearing a petition seeking treason trial against the MQM chief, notices, which were earlier issued by Pemra to all media outlets, were presented before the full bench of the LHC.

Read: PEMRA, govt to submit replies: LHC seeks update on Altaf’s TV speeches ban

The court, after reviewing all the notices, ordered the electronic media regulator to issue a new notification to all media organisations to ensure the MQM chief’s statements or pictures are not telecast on any news channel or printed in any newspaper.

Further, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till September 18 and ordered chairman Pemra to personally appear in court and submit his statement during the next hearing.

Last week, the LHC had sought replies from the federal government and Pemra about the implementation of ban put on the live broadcast of Altaf’s speeches. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Anwarul Haq, heard several petitions seeking implementation of the ban on live broadcast of MQM supremo’s speeches and his party leaders. The bench had also directed the interior ministry to submit report about the nationality of Altaf.

Read: Treason case: LHC wants to know if ban on Altaf’s speeches is being implemented?

Some members of civil society and lawyers had filed petitions against the founding leader of the Karachi-based party after he spoke against the state and its security agencies in violation of the Article 5 of the Constitution.

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Reader Comments (8)

    Sep 7, 2015 - 1:19PM

    and yet you guys have posted his picture :p Recommend

  • rehan
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:10PM

    LHC has baaned yet u have posted his picture. WowRecommend

    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:12PM

    This will only make MQM more popular. The recent mandate given to MQM was not digested by the establishment. Please do not make MQM more popular. Recommend

  • ZK
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:27PM

    The Judge seems to be VERY RACIST and has apparently Personal Grudges with MQM and Altaf Hussain … !!!
    If the so called NARAZ Balouch, and TTP, Taliban etc can get media coverage than same right shall be given to Altaf Hussain. Recommend

  • Mast
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:28PM

    Curtailment of pure entertainment is regressive :/ :DRecommend

  • Napier Mole
    Sep 7, 2015 - 4:58PM

    Doesn’t this same court have the privilege of sentencing an elected, illegally dismissed prime minister to death. Once again a mockery has been made of justice. One hopes there are less radicalised judges sitting in the Supreme Court when this case moves there. It is for APNS and other proponents of free media to come out as well and challenge this decision.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Sep 7, 2015 - 5:15PM

    ET please don’t publish any stuff of this thug from now on. Recommend

  • Shirax
    Sep 7, 2015 - 8:46PM

    Thats unfair.. I was not a supporter of MQM but now i am.. Recommend

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