The Government of Pakistan, acting on an FIR lodged against former Prime Minister Imran Khan under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), is making preparations to arrest him on the charge of threatening a judge and two top officials while addressing a rally in Islamabad. Earlier, Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog banned satellite television channels from broadcasting live speeches of ousted prime minister Imran Khan, hours after he threatened state institutions and made provocative statements during a public rally held at the F-9 Park late on Saturday evening.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said that Imran Khan's recorded speech would be permitted to be aired only after an effective delay mechanism to ensure effective monitoring and editorial control.
In its directive, the PEMRA said that it has been observed that PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in his speeches/statements, is continuously targeting state institutions by levelling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and officers, which is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and is likely to disturb public peace and tranquillity.
Khan, while addressing a public gathering yesterday, had threatened to file cases against top police officials, a woman magistrate, the Election Commission of Pakistan and political opponents over the treatment meted out to his aide Shahbaz Gill, who was arrested last week on charges of sedition.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said today that the speech by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief was a continuation of a trend to target the army and other institutions.
Meanwhile, Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) alleged that multiple internet providers disrupted its YouTube streaming in Pakistan.