Lahore High Court Slaps Ban on Altaf’s photos, Statements in Media

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed authorities to prevent publication/broadcast of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) London-based chief, Altaf Hussain, photos and statements in print and electronic media, Samaa reported.

The court issued these orders while hearing a petition seeking Altaf Hussain’s trial under Article 6 of the Constitution.

During the course of hearing by LHC full bench, counsel of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) told the court that all television channels, through a letter on May 1, have already been directed to ban broadcast of Hussain’s speeches.

At which the court expressed its displeasure, observing that the PEMRA directive was not specific in nature. Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi ordered PEMRA representative to issue a fresh letter to all channels and newspapers today for immediate ban on Altaf Hussain’s photos and statements.

“The government must clear whether Altaf Hussain is a British citizen or a Pakistani citizen. This is entitled for action only if he is a Pakistani, otherwise it’s Interior Ministry’s subject,” the bench said.

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