Saturday, August 13, 2022

PM Imran allowed broadcasting Nawaz Sharif’s speech: sources


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has stopped ‘some government assistants and ministers’ for taking legal action against the live broadcast of the former premier Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the all parties conference (APC), citing sources, ARY News reported on Sunday.

Sources told ARY News that PM Imran Khan stopped government assistants and ministers from taking any kind of legal action against the live broadcasting of the speech delivered by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif from London.

PM Imran Khan has asked them not to interrupt the airing of Nawaz Sharif’s speech in APC by the news channels as the former premier will be exposed before the nation, added sources.

Read: ‘Corrupt mafia’ teaming up to save looted wealth: PM on opposition-led APC

It is pertinent to mention here that Nawaz Sharif had been declared proclaimed offender by an accountability court in two corruption references, whereas, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had also issued arrest warrants of the former prime minister on September 15.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill had earlier hinted that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and other legal options will be utilised if “absconding” former premier Nawaz Sharif addresses the multiparty conference and his speech is aired.

Read: Pakistan HC in London receives arrest warrants of Nawaz Sharif: FO

In a Twitter message today, Adviser to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar said that the nation has watched the live speech of an absconding convict [Nawaz Sharif] on news channels.

He censured the PML-N supremo without naming him, saying that he was seemingly trying to say for accepting a judge who will acquit him all cases despite having evidence. Shahzad Akbar said how can one say for restricting media in Pakistan after watching a convict live on television channels.

He also criticised that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman was saying in his ‘written’ speech that a former premier was not being allowed to speak, however, the nation is now witnessing all of them.

Read: APC should come up with a grand strategy, says Nawaz Sharif

While commenting over the opposition’s APC, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz termed the event as a ‘flimsy attempt’ to push back the government from its rhetoric of accountability. The nation has witnessed the opposition while using the politics for their personal gains, he added.

He added that the opposition used the parliament to protect their empires. However, PM Imran Khan will never compromise his commitment on corruption nor any NRO will be given to anyone, said Shibli Faraz.


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