Islamabad: Pakistan’s media has prohibited showing live speeches of Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. This ban will be implemented with immediate effect on all TV channels. Imran had threatened state institutions and government officials in his last rally in Islamabad on Saturday.
During his speech, Imran warned to file complaints against police officials, a woman magistrate, the Election Commission of Pakistan, and opponents for allegations of helping Shahbaz Gill. Shabaz was charged with provocation before arresting him last week. This rally was organized by Imran’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to support Gill and protest against the Pakistan government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said that “It has been observed that Mr. Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in his speeches/statements is continuously alleging state institutions by leveling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquility.”
PEMR further said, “The competent authority i.e. Chairman PEMRA in view of the above mentioned background and reasons, in exercise of delegated powers of the authority vested in Section 27(a) of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007, hereby prohibits broadcast of live speech of Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect”. However, it also confirmed that Imran’s speech will only be shown after monitoring and editing if required. So, the telecast will always be delayed by some time and no live coverage will be done.
Many political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl, Pakistan Peoples Party, and Mutahida Quami Movement Pakistan have prompted to take legal action against Imran and his allies for threatening a female judge and police officers.
In the meanwhile, Imran will still host a rally at Rawalpindi today.
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