Monitoring Institute of Electronic Media in Pakistan banned the telecast of Imran Khan’s speeches
He then gave “provocative speeches against government institutions”. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, while addressing party workers outside his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park, said that he has never bowed down to any person or institution.
Islamabad. Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog on Sunday banned TV channels from telecasting “live and recorded” speeches of former prime minister Imran Khan with immediate effect. A few hours before this, the sword of arrest was hanging on Khan in the Toshakhana case, although he escaped citing his presence in the court on March 7. He then gave “provocative speeches against government institutions”. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, while addressing party workers outside his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park, said that he has never bowed down to any person or institution.
He also targeted the leaders of the ruling parties alleging that they have stashed their assets abroad and are protected in legal matters by former Pakistan Army Chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa. The Pakistan Electronic Media Control Authority (PEMRA) cited previous instructions instructing all licensees to refrain from airing any material against government institutions. The authority said that Khan, in his speech, has made baseless allegations against government institutions and officials through his provocative statements and delivered hate speeches which are prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order.
PEMRA said telecasting such speeches was in violation of the Constitution and Supreme Court orders. It warned TV channels that non-compliance could lead to suspension of their licences. This is not the first time that PEMRA has banned telecast of Khan’s speeches on TV channels.
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