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The court directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, or Pemra, to take a call on the petitions filed against the Sharifs within 15 days.

Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi, who headed a three-member full bench, also ordered that the court will monitor Pemra's conduct in the next two weeks for ensuring to implement the court's order.

The order was passed in response to a petition by the Judicial Activism Forum that said Sharif and his daughter had been making derogatory remarks about the judiciary in public rallies and media interactions.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, who has been conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family since September previous year, is presiding over the case. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had disqualified him in July previous year, forcing the three-time prime minister to resign.

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Earlier on Monday, the Lahore High Court ordered a temporary ban on the airing of contemptuous speeches over two dozen petitions filed against "anti-judiciary" speeches by Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other senior leaders of the party.

She said Maryam made the most adverse remarks about the five judges who handed down disqualification to Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif said they shouldn't repeat the previous mistakes.

"If they are not stopped they will continue attacking the judiciary, ? the petitioner said, requesting the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the respondents under the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution".

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