Speaker NA has no right to stop media

Speaker NA has no right to stop media from using the word ‘Selected PM’

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Islamabad: The legal, constitutional experts and retired judges have announced that Speaker National Assembly has no power and right to stop the media from using the word ‘Selected Prime Minister’.

According to them, it is indeed a violation of Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Yesterday, Speaker at National Assembly Asad Qaisar issued a statement stating that the media cannot use the word ‘Selected Prime Minister’.

Justice (retd) Nasira Javed Iqbal mentioned that “As far as I know, there is no provision in the Constitution of Pakistan or the assembly rules that the speaker of the assembly will prohibit the media from using any specific word like ‘Selected Prime Minister’. The Constitution or the laws are not made for this kind of petty issues”.

“Can the Speaker National Assembly erase the word ‘Selected’ from the entire world’s dictionaries?” she further questioned.

Moreover, former chairman Senate, Senator Raza Rabbani also gives his stance over the issue stating that,

“The media should avoid using any word if it has been expunged from the assembly proceeding. However, the Speaker of the National Assembly has no authority for issuing the ruling to prohibit the media from reporting.”

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