Pakistan court bars Imran Khan and his wife from issuing statements against state institutions

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Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan listens to a member of media during talk with reporters regarding the current political situation and the ongoing cases against him at his residence, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023. Khan has been slapped with more than 150 legal cases, including several on charges of corruption, "terrorism" and inciting people to violence over deadly protests in May that saw his followers attack government and military property across the country. (AP/PTI) (AP08_03_2023_000449B)

ISLAMABAD: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Thursday barred former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi from issuing provocative statements against state institutions, including the army, and officials.

During the hearing of a petition seeking a fair trial, Judge Basir Javed Rana of the Accountability Court in Islamabad also said the media should limit its reporting to court proceedings and not report statements of the accused.

“Such statements disrupt judicial decorum and also obstruct judicial functions such as the dispensation of justice,” the judge stated, referring to Khan’s statements on the sidelines of hearing of his cases in the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi where he has been incarcerated.