Former PML (N) Senator
Nehal Hashmi again criticized national institution in a speech.
Previously, he had faced imprisonment for his controversial remarks
against the judiciary. Nehal Hashmi is not the only leader who is
habitual of giving this type of statement. PML (N)’s former
chairman, former Prime Minister Pakistan has also blamed the
prestigious and well-known institution of Pakistan for terrorists’
attacks in India.
This is the history of PML (N) leaders to give conflicting
statements in public first then disown it. The same has happened in
this case. Nehal Hashmi criticized Pakistan army by saying “the
Armed Forces could not occupy a single inch of land and that the
weapons acquired for defense are merely showpieces.” Some movements
after his statement, PML (N) disowned his membership in PML (N). His
comment about Pakistan Army’s owned a weapon is also a try to create
unrest in the minds of masses. Pakistani arms and ammunition are far
better and equivalent to the quality of weapons held by arms of the
Former Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah said: “Nehal Hashmi is no
more a party member, so the party cannot take disciplinary action
against him.” Giving statements and then disowning or launching
apologies cannot reverse the statement or effect of the statement.
The said speech was a direct effort to denigrate the military in
public eyes. It is also a try to create confrontation between
politicians and army showing the world that both of the institutions
are not on one page.
Some of the media houses kept running the news package throughout
the day. Airing these speeches or publishing them in News Papers is
an indirect support to the opinion. Hence should also be held
accountable. An amendment regarding Freedom of expression and speech
was included in Pakistan’s constitution in 1973. Later on, to
regulate national electronic media Pakistan Electronic Regulatory
Management Authority (PEMRA) was made. Although PEMRA took immediate
action against the channels that aired the said news package, the
punishment is still awaited. Show cause notice is already issued to
14 media houses for violation of “Code of Conduct”. Airing the
conflicting speech and making news package of it, is a sheer
violation of PEMRA laws section 20 (b) (C) (d) (f). The CEO’s of 5
media houses are called to PEMRA on 26th Oct 2018. PEMRA chairman
said either these channels should be fined or a ban should be
imposed on them.
Writing more! It has become the sneaky practice of attacking state
institutions by PML (N) leaders. They give a statement and then
disown it which cannot work every time. Masses are well aware of the
performance of Political leaders which they have shown in decades.
This act of cursing Pakistan Army or Judiciary is actually unveiling
the feeling of patriotism.
Discussing more! Nowadays, our foes are busy in defaming Pakistan
internationally. These politicians are supporting the enemy’s agenda
directly or indirectly. Some of the media houses are also supporting
them by airing or publishing these conflicting interviews and
speeches. Hence, both politicians and media houses are fulfilling
the enemy’s agenda by hitting national interests. It is need of the
time to avoid conflicting news from airing or publishing.
Politicians should also be careful in this regard as their
statements can be used as proof later.
The world has now become a global village. Any words which are said
now echoed all over the world. So the responsibilities of “media and
politicians” have increased. On the other hand, Defamation
constitutes is a criminal act under the ordinance No LVI of 2002.
Defaming and throwing garbage on National Security Institution
should be considered and accounted for as betrayal towards the
nation. The Act of defaming state’s institution is punishable in
Law. The term “Freedom of Speech” should be well explained. A
section of Law should be included, explaining the term “Freedom of
Speech”. To avoid this type of recurrence in future Supreme Court as
well as lawmaking authorities should take strict action against