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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has withdrawn its prohibition order on television broadcasts of speeches and press conference by PTI Chairman Imran Khan, both live and recorded, made during the long march. The ban was made earlier in the day stating that airing such content would create hatred among the people and endanger national security.

The prohibition order came a day after Khan delivered a speech in which he made contentious comments against the military establishment following an attempt on his life during the PTI’s protracted march against the government.

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In the prohibition order to all television channels, the regulatory body stated: “Reference is invited to the speeches made by Mr. Imran Khan during Long March and his press conference aired on various satellite TV channels on November 04, 2022, wherein he has made aspersions against the state institutions by leveling baseless allegations for orchestrating an assassination plan. Contents of his speeches are being rebroadcast on various TV channels in their talk shows and news bulletins without any editorial oversight”.

It further said, “Airing of such content is likely to create hatred among the people or is prejudicial to maintenance of law and order or is likely to disturb public peace and tranquility or endangers national security is a serious violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as well as Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.”

When the PTI’s “Haqaaqi Azadi” march was near Allahwala Chowk in Wazirabad on November 3, a suspect standing in front of the container carrying the PTI leader and top party leaders opened fire with an automatic handgun, injuring Imran also.

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Muazzam Nawaz, a PTI member, was killed, while 14 party officials, including senator Faisal Javed Khan, MNA Ahmad Nasir Chattha, and Omer Mayar, were injured.

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