Television presenter Mubashir Lucman has been banned from entry to the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) premises over ‘false reporting and accusations’ against Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry.
The Minister of Science revealed this development in a tweet. His tweet included a copy of the notification released by the LBA executive committee.
The press statement criticized the journalist’s conduct and dubbed his actions;
“Blatant misuse of freedom of speech and information”.
لاہور بار ایسوسی ایشن نے مبشر لقمان کے لاہور بار میں داخلے پر پابندی لگا دی، جب تک معزز بار رکن اور وفاقی وزیر فواد چوہدری سے بے سروپا الزامات پر معافی نہیں مانگتا بار کا رخ نہ کریں ورنہ خود ذمہ دار ہوں گے۔ pic.twitter.com/POtgeavrRd
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 8, 2020
Fawad Chaudhry is also an advocate of the Supreme Court (SC) and an LBA member. This explains why the legal body banned the TV anchor. Furthermore, the statement specified that the executive committee expressed ‘distress and frustration‘ over the recent statements made by Lucman.
The Minister of Science further added that Mubasher Lucman will be allowed on LBA premises once he’s issued an apology over his ‘unjust accusations‘.
LBA also sought a written and on-air apology from the television presenter. The executive committee warned Lucman about taking further legal actions against him within the parameters of law and constitution.
Fawad Chaudhry vs Mubasher Lucman
On January 5th, both the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry and television presenter Mubasher Lucman were attending Mohsin Leghari’s son Valima.
Apparently, Mubasher Lucman made a rude comment and Fawad Chaudhry slapped him in response. This quickly turned into a physical altercation. Several leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), including Jehangir Tareen, and Ishaq Khakwani broke up the fight.
Later Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that Mubasher Lucman could not be considered a journalist. Mubasher Lucman, on the other hand, sought legal action and filed an FIR against the PTI minister.
مبشر لقمان جیسے لوگوں کا صحافت سے کوئ تعلق نہیں یہ وہ طوائفیں ہیں جوصحافت میں گھس گئ ہیں، ایسے صحافتی دلالوں کو بے نقاب کرنا سب کا فرض ہے۔ https://t.co/5YQhc8eQMK
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 5, 2020
The anchorperson filed an application against the minister in Lahore’s Model Town police station.