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LHC bans live broadcast of Altaf’s speeches

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has banned live broadcast of speeches of the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, ARY News reported.

A three-member bench of the LHC heard the treason case against Altaf Hussain.

The court banned live telecast of Altaf’s speeches until further orders.

The LHC bench also sought record of speeches of the MQM chief in next hearing.

Four identical petitions were filed with the court, seeking ban on Mr. Hussain’s speeches. One of the petitioners said the MQM head gave speeches which were tantamount to treason.

It pleaded the court to initiate action against speeches of Mr. Hussain as federal government and relevant ministries failed to take any action against it.

The news were going rounds that Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority has imposed unannounced ban on Altaf’s speeches. However, no official word was released on the reports. No government official either confirmed the news nor denied it.

The MQM chief has been in hot water ever since he launched diatribe against Pakistan Army and armed forces for targeting his party in the guise of ‘operation against criminals’ in Karachi. The MQM chief says his party is being victimized at the hands of law enforcers.

He also alleged that Rangers personnel were illegally picking up party activists and not releasing them.

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