The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday sought the federal government’s and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) responses to a petition seeking a ban on the broadcasting statements of leader Ishaq Dar former finance minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Currently in London for medical treatment, the former finance minister had been avoiding court hearings in Pakistan. He had been declared absconder by an anti-corruption court in 2017.
He must present surety bonds within three days, or else his assets would be frozen by the authorities if he does not comply with the request.
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Justice Shahid Waheed heard the appeal filed by Azhar Siddique Advocate and found it meritorious. As part of his first arguments, the plaintiff asserted that Ishaq Dar is an absconder and that broadcasting statements made by an absconder are prohibited by law.
A private television channel broadcasts news about the acquittal of PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif from the London court, which was later proven to be false, according to Azhar Siddique Advocate, and the private channel was ordered to tender an apology by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
He asked the court to issue a decision prohibiting the broadcasting of statements and interviews by Ishaq Dar by the media.
After receiving notice from the LHC, the federal government and the PEMRA were given a deadline to submit their responses to the petition.