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Pakistani police surround ex-PM’s home — RT World News


A speech by Imran Khan was banned from TV for ‘threats’ against political enemies, while YouTube was blocked across the country

Pakistan’s deposed former prime minister Imran Khan has been charged with breaking the country’s anti-terrorism laws for allegedly threatening a female judge and two senior police officers at a rally in Islamabad on Saturday night. Video allegedly shot at his home on Sunday evening shows officers surrounding the residence hours after a police report was filed against him.

In his speech at Saturday’s rally, Khan threatened to bring his own charges against Judge Zeba Chaudhry, two police departments, the Pakistan Election Commission and other political opponents, warning that they should be prepared to confront “consequencesabout their abysmal treatment of his chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill. He had organized the rally in Islamabad’s F-9 park in solidarity with Gill, who was arrested last week for sedition.

Later that night, the country’s digital media watchdog, called PEMRA, banned satellite stations from broadcasting the speech – or any future live address of the ex-prime minister – without a timeout mechanism.ensure effective monitoring and editorial control.”

Khan was “continuously targeting state institutions by making baseless accusations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions and agents“, explained the PEMRA in its directive on the preventive censorship of the politician. The so-called “hate speech” has been “detrimental to the maintenance of public order and likely to disturb public peace and tranquility“, they claimed.

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Khan’s attempt to livestream his speech on YouTube was also blocked when the Google-owned video platform was taken offline in a coordinated action by eight Pakistani internet service providers, according to Netblocks. The site returned to functionality as soon as Khan finished speaking.

Khan was ousted as prime minister in April following a contentious no-confidence vote he dismissed as a US-led plot to have him removed for standing up to Washington.wars foreverin Central Asia and the Middle East.

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