The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a ban with immediate effect on the live telecast of speeches of former prime minister Imran Khan after he threatened state institutions and government officials with serious consequences.

Imran Khan’s addresses are an open violation of the PEMRA rules, according to the PEMRA notification issued late Sunday night.

It said that Imran Khan’s speeches are a violation of Article 19 of the Constitution.

Only the pre-recorded speeches can be broadcast now with effective monitoring and editorial control, per the new PEMRA notification. 

The PEMRA issued a six-page notification, stating it has been observed that Imran Khan is persistently levelling baseless accusations in his speeches and statements against national institutions and spreading hatred in his speeches.

According to the PEMRA, the ban has been put in place under Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002. The PEMRA notification mentioned Khan’s speech at the F9 Park, Islamabad. 

The notification states that the PTI chief’s statements are detrimental to the maintenance of law and order as he is constantly inciting citizens against institutions and officers in his speeches. 

The notification said the former PM’s hate speech is against the Supreme Court’s verdict in the suo moto case. The contents of Imran Khan’s speech are also against the Lahore High Court verdict, says the PEMRA. 

The PEMRA also warned news channels of strict action if the directives were not followed. 

The PEMRA notification also carries the excerpts from Imran Khan’s speech on August 20 in Urdu. 

CASE AGAINST IMRAN KHAN: Meanwhile, insiders said the government has lodged an FIR against Imran Khan under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for threatening a judge and two top police officials during a public gathering. 

Imran threatened Additional Sessions Judge Ms Zeba Chaudhry, saying, “Zeba! Be ready, we will take action against you.” He also hurled threats to the IGP and DIG Islamabad, by calling out them, “IGP and DIG! We will not spare you.” 

On August 20, Imran warned that he would “not leave” Islamabad’s inspector-general, deputy inspector general, and female magistrate, saying he would file cases against them for torturing his aide, Shahbaz Gill.

“We will not spare the IG and DIG,” he said while addressing a public gathering at the F-9 park in Islamabad. The former prime minister called out Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who last week had approved Gill’s two-day physical remand at the request of the capital police and said she too should prepare herself as the case will also be registered against her.

The PTI chief led a rally in Islamabad from Zero Point to F-9 Park in support of incarcerated Shahbaz Gill, who the party said was subjected to alleged “gruesome torture” in police custody.

He said that if a case can be registered against Gill, then, Fazal-ur-Rehman, Nawaz Sharif, and Rana Sanaullah will also face judicial proceedings.

“They [coalition government] are trying to scare us by torturing Gill,” he said, adding that this is a “decisive moment” for the people of the country.

Reiterating his stance not to bow down before the idol of fear, he said: “If we bow down then we will have to face slavery although in the garb of Gill’s arrest they are trying to enslave the people.”

Imran maintained that what happened to Gill wasn’t because of what he said since the PDM leaders in the government had “said much more than that.” 

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