LAHORE -  A contempt petition was moved to the Lahore High Court on Thursday against Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for allegedly making anti-judiciary speeches.

Amna Malik, a member of the civil society, moved the petition through Advocate Azhar Siddique and submitted that the PM was duty bound to respect judiciary and other state institutions and to observe the respect, dignity and independence of the judiciary. But he was criticizing the judgments of the apex court, she alleged.

She said that the statements of the PM were unworthy and tantamount to contempt of court. She stated that PM had seriously marked scratches on the integrity of the judges which was equally to commit sedition against the State.

The woman petitioner stated that if the courts did not implicate the culprits for their criminal offence then the State might face anarchy. She said that the speech of the PM was violation of his oath.

The petitioner asked that appropriate proceedings may kindly be taken against PM Abbasi, as his act was not only a contempt of court in view of Article 204 of the Constitution read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, but it is also sedition against the State.

The petitioner also asked  that directions be issued to PEMRA to ban/prohibit the hate speeches of PM Abbasi as his hate speeches against the State institutions may create anarchy in the country.  She further pleaded the court that the licences of channels that broadcast hate material, hate speeches, derogatory remarks against State Institutions like judiciary may kindly be suspended in the best interest of the country.

She requested that directions be issued to PEMRA for issuance of notifications to all the news channels that hate speeches and derogatory remarks against the Institutions of the country may not be on aired or broadcast, in the larger interest of the Nation and sovereignty of the country.

Plea to restrain Hajj policy 2018: A local law firm on Thursday moved the Lahore High Court seeking directives for ministry of religious affairs to stop Hajj policy 2018.

Advocate Azhar Siddique moved the petition, submitting that the federal government was not complying with the court orders in which it was directed to ensure transparency and on merit distribution of quota among the hajj tour operations.

He said Hajj is sacred obligation but it was not being considered as sacred as it should be. He said new hajj policy had been issued by the authorities which is tantamount to contempt of court. He asked the court to make the new hajj policy conditional with the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Plea against smoking: The LHC on Thursday was moved against increasing smoking trends in the society. Muhammad Ijaz Khan, a local lawyer, moved an Intra Court Appeal against the smoking. The law made for smoking was against the fundamental rights of the citizens, he said. He said that cigarette’ sale must be banned for underage children and similarly all those things which are injurious to human health also be banned.

Earlier, a single bench had rejected the petition in which he had pleaded the court to declare cigarette equal to narcotic substance.