Imran Khan is on trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act for threatening a judge, police

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arraigned for threatening a judge and two senior police officials at a public meeting held at F-9 Park late Saturday evening, local media reported.

According to The News International, Khan is being prosecuted under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s media regulatory body has banned live telecast of speeches by PTI chief Imran Khan for threatening an Islamabad police officer and a woman magistrate during an address in Islamabad.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said Imran’s recorded speech would be allowed to be broadcast only after an effective delay mechanism to ensure effective monitoring and editorial control.

“…The Chairman of PEMRA in view of the aforesaid context and reasons, in exercise of the delegated powers of the Authority conferred on him by section 27(a) of the PEMRA Ordinance, 2002, as amended by the PEMRA (Amendment) Act, 2007 ., hereby bans the live telecast of Mr. Imran Khan’s speech on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect,” PEMRA’s notification said.

PEMRA imposed this ban on all satellite channels hours after he vowed to file cases against Islamabad’s inspector general, deputy inspector general and a woman magistrate for “torturing” Shahbaz Gill.

Imran alleged that Gill was “caught and tortured” to send a message and scare people that if he can be broken mentally, anyone can, according to Geo News.

Earlier on Saturday, Khan linked the current situation in Pakistan to the appointment of the Chief of Army Staff and called it “unfortunate” that everything in the country is happening with one appointment.

Gill was arrested by police on August 9 after he made controversial remarks against the Pakistan Army on television that were deemed “highly hateful and seditious” by the country’s media authorities.

Imran’s close aide was arrested on charges of complicity with a private TV news channel to run anti-state propaganda.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated by a syndicated feed.)

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