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Live telecast of Altaf Hussain’s speeches face ban as LHC orders

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday announced a full ban on the live telecast of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s speeches on TV channels for an indefinite period.

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While putting a ban on the live telecasting of the speeches of MQM leader, the court also issued notice to the foreign secretary, interior secretary and secretary to the prime minister, demanding details of Altaf Hussains’ citizenship and nationality.

Headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, the bench coprising of Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu and Jusitce Erum Sajjad Gul heard a petition requesting proceedings against MQM chief Altaf Hussain and other party leaders over alleged treason.

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The advocates, who filed the petition, are Abdullah Malik, AFtab, Maqsood and some others in which they demanded a lifetime ban on live broadcasting of Altaf Hussain’s addresses.

It was upheld in the petition that Altaf has been breaching the Article 5, which asks for manifesting loyalty to the state and allegience to the constitution. Therefore, a treason case should be filed against the MQM supremo following the Article 6 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Further, the court demanded record of Hussain’s speeches in the past from the additional advocate general (AAG) and the Punjab advocate general.

The next hearing is scheduled to be held on September 7.

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