LAHORE  - The Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Thursday approached the Lahore High Court with a petition to review its verdict of September 7 which ordered complete blackout of the party chief Altaf Hussain on both print and the electronic media.

The petition said ban was against basic human rights.

The MQM filed the review petition through senior advocates Dr Khalid Ranjha and Asma Jahangir.

The court order came after the self-exiled MQM chief in his televised addresses targeted important state institutions.

The petition contends that the ban had been imposed without hearing MQM’s point of view.

The bench which issued the order comprised Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu and Justice Erum Sajjad Gull.

The bench also ordered Chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Press Council of Pakistan to ensure that court orders were fully complied with.