Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, criticised the Shehbaz Sharif-led administration on Sunday night for prohibiting the live broadcast of his remarks on TV and claimed that the government had descended to a new low.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) took the decision to prohibit live speech coverage on Saturday, hours after Imran Khan, the chairperson of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), held a rally in Islamabad and criticised the police and the judiciary over the arrest of one of his party’s leaders.
Khan was arrested on Sunday under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for threatening a judge and two high-ranking police officers on Saturday during his rally in Islamabad. Khan noted that the ban has a significant impact on the digital media business and many people’s livelihoods in addition to being a flagrant violation of their right to free speech.
Khan continued to criticise the administration, claiming that the ban revealed the desperation of individuals who were willing to drive Pakistan’s politics and economy into disarray out of self-interest.
“What they need to understand is that no matter what they do, they cannot suppress the will of the people which is Haqeeqi Azadi,” the former Pakistani Prime Minister further tweeted on Sunday night.
A no-confidence vote in Imran Khan resulted in his resignation as prime minister in April. Shehbaz Sharif, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League, took his post (N).
Imran Khan said that an international plot had been hatched in the United States to topple his administration with the aid of the opposition parties, and he has repeated this claim numerous times.