University of Management and Technology UMT TV organized a seminar on Freedom of Expression: Laws & Limitations here at UMT. Advocate General Punjab Mr. Ahmad Awais participated as guest speaker. Rector UMT Dr. Muhammad Aslam warmly welcomed him along with the Dean School of Law Dr. Usman Hameed and Policy and Head OCM Saqib Akhtar.

Advocate General Punjab Mr. Ahmad Awais said institutions like UMT are the real asset of Pakistan and today it is believed that our educational institutions are moving towards the right direction. He said that Freedom of expression is essential to our ability to interpret and express our ideas. He said that the most significant attribute of a judge is to be 99% honest and 1% expert in his legal domains; this is how he can deliver judgments on merit. He also said that it is the essence of democracy and makes significant contributions to democratic society and also has been recognized as fundamental human rights.

Mr. Awais expressed that it is however permissible for the state to limit freedom of expression and individual liberty under certain circumstances, such as national security, public order, territorial integrity and maintain the authority and impartiality of the judiciary. Furthermore, he added that Freedom of expression must not support harming others or creating instability in society. Advocate General Punjab said that

Law students, faculty and staff participated in the seminar. Question/answer session was also held.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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