In his three-page affidavit, MQM supremo however, criticised the court order stopping airing of his speeches, calling it a solemn curb on freedom of speech. Altaf also defended his controversial speech, explaining that he just criticised the exploitation of power against his party and his rhetoric was misinterpreted.
Further, he submitted,” in three interviews to different TV channels I explained my misconstrued words and if the learned law officers had presented the subsequent television interviews, the honourable court may have withheld its order.”
Earlier, the court had held on September 7 that there is adequate stuff available on record to issue directives to Pemra to utterly black out Altaf’s activities including his hate-speeches, any report concerning his activities as well as showcasing his picture on electronic media.
The court directed the state counsel about the status of Altaf’s citizenship, while his counsel Asma Jahangir raised objection saying the court can’t ask about his nationality. Upon that , Justice Sardar Tariq Masood rebuffed her saying she should keep herself away from intervening in the court’s working.
The court then adjourned the hearing till October 9 before ordering the counsel for petitioner to arrange his arguments on the affidavit.