LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday once again directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to decide complaints questioning alleged contemptuous speeches by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other leaders of his party.

Justice Shahid Karim passed the order on a petition challenging alleged anti-judiciary speeches of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Safdar as well as the failure of PEMRA to stop broadcasting of their speeches.

Appearing before the court, PEMRA’s counsel said that soon a report would be submitted before the court in compliance of its previous order regarding decision of the pending complaints. He said the authority’s meeting to be held on March 13.

During the proceedings, Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar who was representing Nawaz Sharif said questioned maintainability of the petition, saying that identical matter was already pending before the Supreme Court.  He also pleaded the court to adjourn the hearing for a date after March 23 as the former prime minister was scheduled to fly abroad.

However, Justice Karim dismissed his plea with directives to PEMRA’s counsel to submit report on March 15.

Aman Malik, a member of a civil society network, had moved the petition through Advocate Azhar Siddique and alleged Nawaz Sharif and his daughter for anti-judiciary speeches. She said they had been running campaign against the state institutions.  She said PEMRA was equally responsible as it failed to control the media and control the broadcasting of their anti-judiciary speeches.

She prayed the court to initiate contempt proceedings against Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of the PML-N for their alleged anti-judiciary speeches.