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IHC rejects plea seeking ban on Nawaz Sharif speeches

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speeches, noting that the “tendency of invoking the constitutional jurisdiction of a high court in matters involving political content is certainly not in public interest”.

The petition stated that Nawaz has started actively participating in politics and has initiated a smear campaign against state institutions, after going abroad on the pretext of availing medical treatment. It urged the court to order that Nawaz’s recent “hate speeches” be taken down from the internet and that he should be prohibited from delivering speeches in future. The plea was heard by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah.

Justice Minallah declared the petition inadmissible and issued a written order comprising five pages. The verdict stated that intervention of the Islamabad High Court to ban the speeches of the former PM was not right. He remarked that the court could not directly intervene when there was an alternative procedure in the law adding that banning Nawaz Sharif’s speeches was not a case of public importance.

He said bringing matters relating to political content to the courts was not in public interest. The petitioner cited Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Pemra chairman and others as respondents. The petition said Nawaz had leveled false allegations ag

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