Pemra bars PTV, others from broadcasting Nawaz’s speeches
Siddeeq Sajid, Zafar Malik
A senior official of the caretaker government met prime minister Nasirul Mulk and deliberated on the current security and political situation. The officials also discussed the return of the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz.
Meanwhile, the caretaker minister for information and broadcasting directed Pakistan Television (PTV) and other national channels not to broadcast speeches and posters of ousted PM Nawaz.
In this regard, a policy notification was issued. Nawaz’s video and pictures would not be allowed on PTV.
The federal information minister while taking notice of the practices has decided not to broadcast former prime minister and his daughter’s speeches on the national channel.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (Pemra) has decided to take action against the TV channels which broadcast controversial material and speeches.
Pemra while taking notice of anti-institutional speeches, particularly against the army and the judiciary, warned all private channels to avoid broadcasting speeches against the institutions.
Pemra in a notification said that private news channels were not following the code of conduct and non-compliance will be punished without prior notices.
An official told this scribe that the officials also discussed with the PM giving Maryam a softer treatment as compared to her father. The official added that the caretaker government may be willing to consider lighter punishment for Maryam on humanitarian grounds.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are determined to address the Lahore reception rally at any cost.
However, the interim federal and Punjab government have decided not to allow both the leaders to address the rally. They have made the strategy in this regard.
Sources stated both the PML-N leaders would be arrested on arrival at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore soon after their arrival and then shifted to the federal capital by helicopter.
Sources further stated that if the ground situation goes worse the flight could be diverted to Karachi, Multan or Islamabad.
The law enforcement departments have already informed the federal government in its report that local leaders of PML (N) and their workers vowed to disturb the law and order situation in the provincial capital.
According to the plan former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif would lead the rally to the airport and if the is stopped or diverted , situation could be worsen.
Sources further stated that Nawaz and Maryam are coming from London along with hundreds of supports. And some leaders and media will also board from the UAE.