11-year-old Pakistani boy sues presidency for stealing speech

Updated: Dec 25, 2016, 09:54 IST | Agencies

An 11-year-old boy has sued the office of President Mamnoon Hussain for stealing his speech which he had prepared to deliver on an event to celebrate the birth anniversary of Pakistan's founder MA Jinnah

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. Pic/AFP
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. Pic/AFP

Islamabad: An 11-year-old boy has sued the office of President Mamnoon Hussain for stealing his speech which he had prepared to deliver on an event to celebrate the birth anniversary of Pakistan's founder MA Jinnah.

The six-grader, Muhammad Sabeel Haider, through his father Naseem Abbas Nasir, approached the Islamabad High Court, filing a petition against the presidency for "stealing" the text of his speech and giving it to someone else without his consent.

Justice Aamer Farooq yesterday reserved the verdict on the maintainability of the young orator's petition, The Express Tribune reported.

Haider has made the secretary to the President, additional secretary at the Pre­s­i­dent's Secretariat, director colleges of the Directorate of Education, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the managing director of the Pakistan Television, and one Ayesha Ishtiaq through the principal of Islamabad College for Girls as respondents in the case.

Haider, who studies in the Islamabad Model College for Boys, said in the petition that he participated in a programme arranged by the presidency and delivered a speech on March 23 this year and later, the president had given him a letter of appreciation.

He said that a ceremony related to Jinnah's 141st birth anniversary was scheduled under the title "Quaid-e-Azam aur Bachay" and that the respondents had requested him to deliver a speech in the ceremony on the topic "Pakistan ka Mustaqbil".

When the petitioner reac­hed the Presidency Palace, officials sent him for make-up and the young orator sat on his reserved seat waiting for his turn.

"Shockingly," Haider was informed that the speech was going to be delivered by a girl from another school, and "more astonishingly", the spe­ech which she delivered "was the original script of the speech of the petitioner", the counsel said.

"The petitioner was highly discouraged and insulted" because his original script was delivered by someone else, and that too without his consent. The counsel termed the act of the respondents a violation of intellectual property, intellect, and copyrights and sought that they be restrained from airing the speech on electronic media.

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