Pak govt lifts ban on broadcasting Imran Khan’s speeches

6 November, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Pak govt lifts ban on broadcasting Imran Khans speeches Top News

He has accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a top army general of plotting his assassination.

The Pakistani government lifted a ban on television channels broadcasting or rebroadcasting former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s press conferences on Saturday, according to the Dawn.

The Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority imposed the ban on Saturday. According to sources, the electronic media watchdog stated that airing such content is likely to incite hatred among citizens, is detrimental to the maintenance of law and order, is likely to disturb public peace, and endangers national security.

According to Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the media regulatory authority to ensure the continued implementation of legal requirements enshrined in Article 19 of the Constitution (freedom of speech).

“By ending the bitter traditions of Imran Khan’s era, the prime minister has established a new tradition,” Aurangzeb said, according to the Dawn. She went on to say that the government did not believe Khan’s treatment of former opposition leaders and politicians during his four years in power.

When Khan was prime minister in 2020, the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority prohibited channels from broadcasting speeches, interviews, and public addresses by absconders and proclaimed offenders, a directive aimed at Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Nawaz Sharif.

According to sources, the regulatory authority stated in a notice issued on Saturday that Khan had “cast aspersions on the state institutions by levelling baseless allegations of orchestrating an assassination plan” during his speeches.

On Thursday, Khan was shot in the leg by an unidentified assailant who opened fire on him during a rally in Wazirabad.

Soon after the attack, the cricketer-turned-politician blamed Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a senior Pakistan army general for attempting to kill him, according to the Dawn. Khan demanded that they resign immediately to ensure a fair investigation into the shooting.