Former Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed a rally in Pakistan’s Islamabad on Saturday. Pakistan’s media watchdog has banned the live broadcast of Imran Khan’s speech on all effective satellite television channels in the country, alleging that he threatened state institutions and government officials in the speech. News from NDTV.
Imran Khan threatened to file a case against a top police officer, a woman magistrate, the Election Commission of Pakistan and political opponents for misbehaving with his aide Shahbaz Gill while addressing a public rally on Saturday.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said in a statement issued on Saturday that despite repeated warnings, television channels have failed to implement measures to stop airing anything that goes against “state institutions”.
The statement further said, it has been observed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in his speeches/statements is constantly making accusations against state institutions by spreading baseless allegations and hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officials which are detrimental to the state. is likely to disturb the maintenance of law and order and public peace and tranquility.
The regulator said Imran Khan’s speech was in violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and against the media code of conduct.
It is further stated that the Competent Authority i.e. Chairman of PEMRA, in view of the above mentioned background and reasons, in exercise of the powers conferred on the Authority referred to in Section 27(a) of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by the PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007, hereby directs all satellite TV channels with immediate effect. Broadcasting of Imran Khan’s live speech is banned.
PEMRA, however, said Khan’s recorded speech would be allowed to be broadcast only after effective delay measures to ensure monitoring and editorial control.
Saturday’s rally was organized through Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to express solidarity with Gill and to protest against what Khan claimed was ‘dependent fascism’ prevalent under the ‘imported rule’ of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Imran Khan did not spare Pakistan Army during the rally. Called them ‘neutral’. He also pointed to the coalition government and urged his supporters to change their ‘gang of thieves’ and stand with the nation.
He also termed the judiciary as ‘biased’.
Although the Pakistan Army has not responded to Imran Khan, political parties such as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal and Mutahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan have asked the judiciary to take legal action against him and his associates.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan said he will address a rally at Liaquat Bagh ground in Rawalpindi later on Sunday.
Since being ousted from power in April, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has repeatedly claimed that the no-confidence motion against him was the result of a ‘foreign conspiracy’. He asserted that his party would not face or accept an ‘imported government’ led by Prime Minister Sharif.