ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had reversed the ban imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on television channels from airing Imran Khan’s speeches. The directives to lift the ban on the broadcasting of Imran Khan’s speech had been issued by the prime minister under Section 5 of PEMRA rules, the minister said in a news statement.
Marriyum added that the directives regarding removal of ban were issued to PEMRA in accordance with the law which gave such powers to the Federal Government. She said PM Shehbaz Sharif had also directed PEMRA to ensure full compliance of the Article 19 of Constitution, Marriyum added.
The minister said PM Shehbaz Sharif had set new tradition by bringing an end to the bitter traditions of Imran Khan’s era.
“We do not believe in what had been done with Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and other political leaders during the four year rule of Imran Khan,” she remarked. The minister said the federal government led by Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif believed in democratic norms and constitutional right of freedoms of expression.
She said it was Imran Khan who banned his political opponents, leaders, activists and media. Imran Khan was free to churn out lies against his opponents. The minister said Imran Khan’s speeches against the coalition government should reach to the public so they could know the reality of “Fitna”. Imran Khan’s supporters, she said, would have to understand the reality of his “Fitna”, mischief and lies. She said the current government believed in democratic norms and valuses, but ironically Imran Khan had a fasicst mindset.