April 02, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Lahore High Court Thursday referred a petition to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority seeking ban on Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain’s televised speeches, dunyanews.tv reported.
Petitioner Kashif Sulemani Advocate argued before Justice Ejazul Hassan that no foreign national could lead a party in Pakistan.
“Altaf Hussain is a British national and the Political Parties Act bars a foreign national to run a political party in Pakistan,” he said.
He also said PEMRA rules do not allow the MQM chief to deliver speeches to his supporters through private television channels.
The petitioner urged the court to issue orders of Hussain’s suspension from leadership of the MQM in light of death row convict and former MQM activist Saulat Mirza’s video statement.
The court directed the petitioner to approach PEMRA on the matter.