CJP takes suo motu notice of LHC ban on Nawaz’s anti-judiciary speeches

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision banning the transmission of anti-judiciary speeches by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
The hearing of the case would be held today at 1pm, for which notice has been sent to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) while the record of the LHC order has also been sought.
A day earlier, LHC gave the decision on over two dozen petitions filed against ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches by Nawaz, Maryam, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other party leaders.
The court ordered PEMRA to decide on the petitions in 15 days and until that time refrain from airing any contemptuous remarks by the respondents.
Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, who headed the three-member full bench, also ruled that the court will personally monitor PEMRA’s conduct in the next two weeks to see how it implements the court’s order.
More than a dozen petitions had been filed in the LHC contending that the PML-N leadership had been making derogatory speeches against Supreme Court judges since the verdict of Nawaz’s disqualification in the Panama Papers case last year.