IHC extends stay order against harassing journalists till July 26

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) extended on Thursday earlier restraining orders against harassing anchor Arshad Sharif and other journalists till July 26. On April 28, the IHC had ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the police to restrain from harassing journalists.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah resumed the hearing on Arshad Sharif’s petition. At the outset of Thursday’s hearing, Justice Minallah remarked that the FIA or any other authority should inform journalists’ organisations or the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) about the case before they arrest them.

He questioned where was ARY News’ bureau chief as the court had summoned him for airing content that was against the judiciary. At this, Sharif’s lawyer Faisal Chaudhry told the IHC that he was currently in Saudi Arabia performing Umrah.

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