AA / Karachi, Pakistan / Aamir Latif
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been the subject of a complaint for threats, made on Saturday, against police officers and a judge during a rally in Islamabad.
Proceedings have been initiated against the President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The cricketer-turned-politician had said he would take action against officials who allegedly tortured his close aide and chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill, while in police custody.
Shahbaz Gill is charged with sedition for remarks that would aim to incite mutiny within the powerful Pakistani army.
Khan’s statements also prompted the country’s Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban TV stations from broadcasting his speeches live, a decision his party says will be challenged in court.
According to the police, his speech was intended to terrorize senior police and judicial officials so that they could not carry out their duties and refrain from pursuing any action against a leader of his party.
Earlier on Sunday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the government was considering arresting the ex-prime minister.
Khan has staged a series of grassroots anti-government protests since being ousted from power in April following a vote of no confidence.
As he addressed a rally in the town of Rawalpindi on Sunday, many Pakistani users complained about the disruption of the YouTube platform, which broadcast the speech live.
NetBlocks, an organization that tracks internet outages, has confirmed this incident.
« Real-time network data shows the disruption in effect on some, but not all mobile and landline internet providers in Pakistan during the livestreamed speech. Access was restored after the speech ended, » says NetBlocks.
Khan called the « temporary blockage » a « further regression » and a « flagrant violation of freedom of expression ».
He added that it also had a negative impact on the digital media industry and the livelihoods of many people.
*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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