Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Shehbaz Sharif says PML-N revokes PECA ordinance after taking power

Shehbaz Sharif, President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly said in a meeting with the leaders of the media committee that, “if Allah Almighty provides us the opportunity, my party will repeal the PECA Ordinance” if it wins the election.

Moreover, he assured the Joint Action Action Committee (JAC) of the media that the PML-N will repeal the dark, authoritarian, and anti-media laws that violate constitutional rights to freedom of expression and access to information. The JAC of the media was convened by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the media.

Leaders of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) were among the team that met with the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly.

As a result, the PML-N president has decided to introduce a resolution in parliament to repeal the PECA Amendment Ordinance in accordance with Rule 145 of the Pakistan Parliamentary Constitution.

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According to this, a resolution to repeal an ordinance would be tabled in a joint session of the parliament, and if approved by the House, the resolution would become effective and the relevant ordinance would be repealed. Shehbaz had decided to file a petition for the joint sitting of the parliament in order to repeal the black law against the media, and he had issued instructions to the party leaders in order for them to take practical steps in that direction.

The PML-N leader stated that he supported the decision of the media Joint Action Committee to challenge the PECA Amendment Act in a legal proceeding.

This amendment, he argued, was an outgrowth of the current government’s authoritarian, fascist, and undemocratic ideology. He, therefore, opposed the Amendment Ordinance and all of its provisions. He promised to contest all of these unconstitutional laws in every court of law and to prevent them from becoming law.

The PML-N president stated that the media served as a mirror in which the rulers could see their own faces and rectify any disfigurements that they might have.

He claimed that the PTI’s rulers were under the illusion that they could jail, punish, imprison, and impose fines on the people through the use of black laws, and that this was causing them to silence the voice of the people.

“This has never happened in the past and it will never happen today,” he said.

Shehbaz acknowledged the media’s historic struggle for freedom of expression and truth-telling, noting that the media has waged an unforgettably difficult battle for its freedom at various points throughout history.

In his opinion, if the government had not been malevolent, the proposal would have been presented to the parliament and the back door provision of the ordinance would not have been implemented.

His party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), stated that “the current administration wishes to close the eyes, the tongue, and the ears of the media in order to cover up its greatest and historic failures on every front.”

Shehbaz paid appreciation to the media committee’s fight against attacks on media freedom and black laws, and he pledged the full support of his party to the committee’s efforts to achieve their objectives.

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