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Pakistan

Web Desk
September 20, 2020

PM Imran allowed airing of Nawaz's speech: sources

Pakistan

Web Desk
Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan. — APP/Files 

Prime Minister Imran Khan had allowed Pakistan's news channels to air PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the All Parties Conference (APC), Geo News reported Sunday, citing sources.

As per the details from the sources, the premier had rejected the suggestion from his aides to write a letter to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in order to block the transmission of Nawaz's speech on media.

A day prior, the government had said that it would use the PEMRA and other laws to take action if the former prime minister's address to the APC is broadcast.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication, Dr Shahbaz Gill, had said that it was not possible that an "absconding criminal" takes part in political activities and gives speeches.

"The Sharif family can tell nothing but lies. They are such [habitual] liers that they even lied about a disease," he had said.

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According to sources, the PM was told that there were court orders in which the culprit was barred from making statements on media, suggesting that PEMRA should implement such decisions.

However, the prime minister did not agree with the suggestions from his aides. "Nawaz Sharif will expose himself to the people with his speech. He [Nawaz Sharif] is lying so let him lie," PM Imran said, as per the sources.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar in his statement said that it is claimed that media is not free in Pakistan, yet the nation has heard the live speech of a "convicted notorious criminal against the law".

Akbar said that the opposition leaders stress on "respecting the vote" on one hand, and at the same time they leave the voters and run away to London in times of despair.

He said that the former prime minister is adamant that "only the judge who acquits them despite the evidence" is acceptable.