Absar Alam takes charge as PEMRA chairman

Published: December 2, 2015
Absar Alam. PHOTO: FILE

Absar Alam. PHOTO: FILE


Veteran media professional Absar Alam took charge as the chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday, a press release issued by the authority said.

According to the release, Alam was welcomed by the senior management of Pemra and briefed on the mandate, scope, function, performance, laws and future endeavours of the authority.

He also visited all Pemra departments and personally met employees to find out about their workings and problems.

Alam resolved to make Pemra a vibrant, progressive and forward looking organisation, and said that the regulator “should speak by its performance and actions.” The new chairman also assured all Pemra officers that he would take them all along in his efforts to better
the authority.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • K Alam
    Dec 2, 2015 - 9:57AM

    Yet another case of nepotism/favoritism of PMLN government. I look forward to seeing someone appointed on pure merit, professionalism and track record of being impartial.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Dec 2, 2015 - 12:34PM

    @K Alam:
    So you mean likes of Dr.Danish and Mubashar Luqman be made PEMRA chairman?Recommend

  • AA
    Dec 3, 2015 - 12:12AM

    I think what K Alam meant is, appointments, even of a very competent person, would look bad if “hand Picked” by the prime minister without public scrutiny. Their should be a mechanism of public scrutiny of top oversight and regulatory positions, such as EC, PEMRA, NADRA, AG, just like in the US, an appointee has to face a public hearing at the Senate Committee. That opens up a public debate about whether a person is independent enough or professionally qualified to hold such a post and so on. It will not make people look less controversial but more trust worthy.Recommend

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