Pakistan authorities has determined to impose curbs on media protection of convicts and absconders, in a purported transfer to gag Opposition leaders who use it for his or her “profit.”
Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Info Firdous Ashiq Awan mentioned the choice was taken at a Cupboard assembly presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, the Daybreak newspaper reported.
“The prime minister has given a job to the regulation minister to draft a regulation to curb media protection of convicts and absconders,” she instructed media after the assembly.
Though the prime minister’s adviser didn’t identify any of the convicts or absconders in opposition to whom the brand new regulation was being thought of, it’s believed that she was speaking about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
“If they’re harmless, why do they take the advantage of media and don’t come to the nation to face their circumstances,” she mentioned with out naming anybody.
Nawaz Sharif, who has been sentenced to seven years in jail within the Al-Azizia Metal Mills corruption case, flew to London final month in an air ambulance for medical therapy for a number of illnesses after the Lahore Excessive Court docket allowed him to journey overseas for 4 weeks.
In reply to a query, Awan mentioned it was the will of the prime minister that the proposed regulation putting curbs on media protection of convicts and absconders be utilized throughout the board.
“The regulation minister will sit with Pemra (Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority) officers to finalise a draft of the regulation,” she added.
The Pak authorities has already come beneath criticism for curbing freedom of media. A number of incidents of intimidation to journalists and media homes have been reported in current months.
Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had in July alleged that Imran Khan’s authorities imposed a “full ban” on the media protection of Opposition leaders, particularly on Maryam whom he considers a “massive risk” to his rule.
Washington-based Committee to Defend Journalists in July mentioned in a press release “Pakistan’s hottest information channel, the privately owned Geo Information broadcaster, has been compelled off the air or had its channel quantity abruptly modified in lots of elements of the nation.”
Final week, protesters attacked the workplace of a number one newspaper right here for publishing a report mentioning that the London Bridge attacker was of Pakistani origin.