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LHC issued notices to Nawaz Sharif-Maryam Nawaz-Pemra

13 March, 2018

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued notices to PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) seeking replies on a petition seeking a ban on speeches by PML-N leaders.

The petition, mentioning links of multiple videos of Nawaz and Maryam, argues that the father-daughter duo has been making contemptuous speeches in political rallies against the judiciary. Pemra has also failed to act against them, it adds.

The petition argues that Nawaz Sharif has instigated people against judiciary by announcing a rebellion against it, therefore, the court should impose a ban on his contemptuous speeches and those of other PML-N leaders.

Justice Shahid Kareem of the LHC asked the Sharifs and Pemra to submit their replies by March 15.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court during Tuesday's hearings wrapped up the contempt petition against Nawaz Sharif. "All the statements being made about the judiciary are with us," said Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. "We will look at the comments against the judiciary at the right time."

The apex court also dismissed a similar petition against Shahbaz Sharif, saying that the Punjab chief minister was justified in saying that no one, including the judges, has done justice with the country. The court dismissed the contempt case against Din TV with a warning to the network to be more careful in the future.

Multiple contempt cases against other PML-N leaders, including Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Railways Minister Saad Rafique, and state ministers Tallal Chaudhry and Daniyal Aziz, are currently being heard by the courts. The case against Aziz will be heard today.

Nehal Hashmi, who has already served a month's sentence for a threatening and contemptuous speech, is also facing another contempt case being heard by the CJP himself.

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