Karachi

Rasheed asks MQM chief to respect Pakistan’s law

KARACHI: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has taken notice of Altaf Hussain’s defamatory speech against the army, ARY News reported.

Speaking to media in Karachi on Sunday, the minister urged the media houses to block transmission of derogatory remarks against national security institutions and the judiciary.

“He (Altaf) has now apologized and we hope he won’t repeat such mistakes in the future,” said Rasheed.

He said MQM chief Altaf Hussain has shown full respect to law in London and he should also respect Pakistan’s law.

Talking to newsmen in Karachi, he said the constitution guarantees freedom of expression but it should be exercised within the parameters defined by the book.

Information Minister said PEMRA has issued show cause notices to TV channels for violation of code of conduct by airing inflammatory and insulting remarks by Altaf Hussain during his telephonic address.

He said cybercrime bill was not against the freedom of speech. He added that the bill had nothing new than existing laws of the country.

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