Pakistan to lift ban on Imran Khan press conferences: report
The Pakistani government on Saturday asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory and Authority (PEMRA) to lift a ban on channels broadcasting or rebroadcasting press conferences by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
According to Dawn citing Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb’s statement, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered the media watchdog to ensure continued implementation of legal requirements under Article 19 (freedom of expression ) of the Constitution.
The statement said the order to lift the ban was given under section 5 of the PEMRA Order 2002.
“The prime minister has established a new tradition by ending the bitter traditions of the Imran Khan era,” the information minister said, adding that the government does not believe in “what Imran Khan has done during his four years in power” with the opposition leaders of the time. and politicians.
“We believe in democratic principles and constitutional freedoms of expression. Banning political opponents, leaders, activists and the media has been Imran Khan’s negative thinking and attitude,” Dawn said quoting the minister.
“If Imran Khan wants to speak against political opponents, then let him speak. Let Imran Khan’s speech against us reach the public so that the reality of this threat becomes clear to them,” Marriyum Aurangzeb said.
Earlier on Friday, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory and Authority (PEMRA) issued a notice banning news channels from broadcasting former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s press conference.
In the notice, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory and Authority said Imran Khan, during his long march and a day ago, had “disparaged state institutions by launching baseless allegations of orchestrating an assassination plan,” according to Dawn.
The media regulator added that the dissemination of such content would only create “hate among the people” or disturb peace and tranquility or endanger national security, further claiming that it violated several laws and items, according to Dawn.
“In the event of a violation, the observed license may be suspended … without any notice of justification in the public interest as well as other enabling provisions of law,” the notice states.
It came a day after the media regulator banned news channels from airing Umar’s video in which he said Imran Khan believed that “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Minister Interior and a senior ISI official” were behind the attack, The Dawn reported.
Senior PTI leaders said Imran Khan believed the bullets were fired at him at the behest of three people, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the country’s interior minister and a senior ISI official, and his words were based on information he had received.
“The dissemination of such content is likely to create hatred among the people or is detrimental to the maintenance of public order or is likely to disturb public peace and tranquility or endanger national security is a serious violation of Section 19 of the Constitution and Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as well as Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015,” The Dawn quoted Media Regulatory as saying.
The PTI leader was injured after a man opened fire on him in Gujranwala. The former prime minister sustained a leg injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Geo News reported.
Asad, quoting the PTI chairman, demanded that the three people – the prime minister, the interior minister and the senior military officer – be removed from their posts.
He went on to say that the investigation into the attack on the PTI leader was ongoing and “before the investigation is completed, this kind of statement from a senior PTI official posted on social media may harm inquiry and investigation at this point,” The Dawn reported.
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