The Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) the president and the leader in the National Assembly opposition, Shehbaz Sharif has assured members of the Joint Committee of Media in the meeting on Monday 28 February 2022 it is the intention of the PML-N to repeal the PECA Ordinance once they are in power. According to the PML-N party, the PECA Ordinance is a law against media that are authoritarian and dark. They also impose limitations on freedom of speech and information access.
At the meeting were representatives from the Media Joint Action Committee, Pakistan Broadband (PBA), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE). They also had members from the Media Joint Action Committee had taken the decision to challenge this PECA Ordinance in court, and Shehbaz Sharif has expressed his complete support to the committee. The PML-N had decided in the meeting to present a resolution to the parliament to seek the removal of the PECA Ordinance in accordance with Rule 145. If the resolution is approved the black law that is aimed at media would be lifted, granting the media freedom to speak. Shehbaz Sharif has instructed the party’s leaders to take appropriate actions and file an application
According to the representative of the government, the new Ordinance is expected to bring peace to the country. Online defamation is now an offence that can be punished. The strictest sanctions will be put in place for those who are guilty of spreading false news and hateful information about the personal lives of people through social networks. However,
The leader of the Parliament opposition Shehbaz Sharif is convinced that the Ordinance is a sign of the undemocratic and dictatorial rationale for the ruling government. They would like to prevent the media from being mirrors for the ruling class who can see themselves and have rectified their mistakes.