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

The larger bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi, gave this verdict on petitions seeking initiation of contempt cases against former premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and other PML-N leaders for criticizing the judiciary.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the world has changed and the time was ripe for the Pakistanis to change as well.

The order was passed in response to a petition by the Judicial Activism Forum that said Sharif and his daughter had been making derogatory remarks about the judiciary in public rallies and media interactions.

The bench directed the media regulatory body to ensure that no anti-judiciary content is aired on TV channels. "The judges acted as lawyers of Imran Khan and they were party against Nawaz Sharif". "Instead of taking action, Pemra sought advice from judiciary".

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".

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The petitioners pleaded with the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sharif and his daughter and restrain them from maligning the judiciary.

Sharif was referring to eight lawmakers from South Punjab who had recently left PML-N and launched their own "Junubi Punjab Sooba Mahaz".

It was discussed how much the decision will impact the PML-N movement with the motto "vote ko izzat do" in near future.

Lashing out at the Balochistan government, he said a government elected by the people had been toppled and an artificial structure was put in place.

  • Sonia Alvarado