Lahore High Court bans airing of anti-judiciary speeches by Nawaz Sharif

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The bench on Monday had also directed PEMRA to decide within 15 days all complaints regarding broadcasting anti-judiciary speeches.

The court also rejected an application filed by Advocate A K Dogar on behalf of Sharif requesting that Justice Naqvi recuse himself from the full bench.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, who has been conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family since September past year, is presiding over the case.

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.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir has been conducting the proceedings since September previous year. Sharif has dismissed the corruption charges as politically motivated.

The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017. If convicted, he can be jailed.


Earlier, on April 16, Lahore High Court (LHC) rule the verdict on over two dozen petitions filed against "anti-judiciary" speeches by Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other party leaders. "A person dissatisfied at a verdict should file a review petition", he said.

Nawaz Sharif said they shouldn't repeat the previous mistakes.

The petitioner further said their tirade was going unnoticed.

Naqvi said that while Article 19 of the Constitution allowed fair criticism of the judiciary, not every person should be allowed to criticise the courts just for the sake of exercising the right, The Express Tribune reported.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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