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

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The bench, comprising Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Atir Mahmood and Justice Chaudhary Mohammad Masood Jahangir, announced the verdict after hearing arguments of lawyers from both sides.

The court also rejected an application filed by Advocate A K Dogar on behalf of Sharif requesting that Justice Naqvi recuse himself from the full bench.

The court instructed PEMRA to decide on all complaints regarding the broadcast of anti-judiciary remarks by Sharif and his daughter within 15 days, and to ensure that such content is not broadcast by anyone. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had disqualified him in July past year, forcing the three-time prime minister to resign.

As many as three corruption references had been filed against the Sharif family, on the directives of the top court which pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

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However, the former prime minister's son-in-law, retired Captain Muhammad Safdar, was among the attendees in the court.

The PML-N leaders were served notices by the court to appear in person or by counsel today. Such verdicts are only delivered in Pakistan, he said.

The Supreme Court, however, dismissed multiple contempt of court petitions against the ousted prime minister last month, saying on one occasion: "Commenting cleanly on a [court] decision is the right of every citizen".

She further said the Sharif family members and their aides pointed fingers at the honesty, bravery and upholding rule of law.

The petitioner said PEMRA did not block these hateful and ridiculing remarks passed against the judiciary.

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