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PTI challenges ban on Imran Khan’s speeches by PEMRA in LHC

PTI challenges ban on Imran Khan’s speeches by PEMRA in LHC

PTI challenges ban on Imran Khan’s speeches by PEMRA in LHC
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  • Ban on Imran Khan’s speeches by PEMRA is challenged
  • PTI challenged the ban in LHC
  • PEMRA imposed ban under Pemra Act
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LAHORE: The ban on the speeches of Imran Khan imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) is challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Imran Khan’s lawyer Barrister Ahmed Pansuta filed the petition in the Lahore High Court and PEMRA was made a party.

The petition maintained that the ban on speech is a violation of the fundamental rights in the Constitution. “The Constitution of Pakistan allows citizens to freedom of expression,” it added.

PTI took position in the petition that the ban on freedom of expression will lead to chaos and political agitation in the country.

“In the current political situation, the country cannot afford chaos by this kind of restriction.”

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The petition also holds that only three out of 13 members issued the ban notification and approval of at least five members is a legal requirement for banning under the Pemra Act.

Yesterday, PEMRA banned the broadcast of the speeches, talks and statements of Imran Khan on all TV channels with immediate effect as he is constantly criticising the state institutions.

In a statement issued by the media watchdog on Sunday, Imran Khan’s live and recorded speeches, statements and talks have been banned under Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance.

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