Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested for threatening a judge and two senior police officials at a public meeting held at F-9 Park on Saturday evening, local media reported.
According to The News International, Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s media regulatory authority has banned live broadcast of speeches by PTI chief Imran Khan for threatening an Islamabad police official and a female magistrate during a speech in Islamabad.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said Imran’s recorded speech would only be allowed to air after an effective delay mechanism to ensure effective monitoring and editorial control.
“…The PEMRA President, taking into account the antecedents and reasons mentioned above, in the exercise of the delegated powers of the Authority conferred in Section 27(a) of the PEMRA Ordinance of 2002, as amended by Law of PEMRA Amendment Act, 2007, hereby prohibits telecast of Mr. Imran Khan’s live speech on all satellite television channels with immediate effect,” PEMRA said in its notification.
PEMRA imposed this ban on all satellite channels hours after it promised to file cases against Islamabad’s Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General and Magistrate for “torturing” Shahbaz Gill.
Imran alleged that Gill was “trapped and tortured” to send a message and scare people that if he could break mentally, anyone could, according to Geo News.
Earlier on Saturday, Khan connected the current situation in Pakistan to the appointment of the army chief of staff and called it “unfortunate” that everything in the country happened in one appointment.
Gill was arrested by police on August 9 after making controversial comments against the Pakistani military on television that were deemed “highly hateful and seditious” by the country’s media authority.
Imran’s close aide was arrested on charges of colluding with a private TV news channel to make anti-state propaganda.
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