A parliamentary panel on Tuesday summoned PTV chief Yousaf Baig Mirza to appear before the committee today (Wednesday) and clarify his position with regards to allegations levelled by an actress/anchorperson.
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights met on Tuesday and issued these directives after Ayesha Sana presented documentary evidence before the panel alleging the PTV chief was denying her due rights.
Headed by Riaz Fatyana of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), the committee termed the situation “a gross violation of human rights” and provided PTV Managing Director (MD) Mirza an opportunity to submit his point of view on the issue.
In addition, the committee directed representatives of the Law Division, PIMS and Council of Islamic Ideology to attend the meeting.
During the meeting, Sana presented her marriage certificate and divorce papers with a DNA test certificate. She alleged that the PTV chief had denied giving paternity acknowledgement of their son, Mustafa Mirza, born on November 19, 2011.
Sana had earlier appealed, through a press conference in August, to the president, prime minister and Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira to take notice of the situation asserting that PTV’s managing director was abusing his position and denying her due rights.
Sana also disclosed that she got married to Mirza on June 21, 2003, however, she was told not to disclose the marriage due to social pressure.
She told the committee that they got married in 2003 but were living separately since 2006 on Mirza’s insistence.
She alleged that with the connivance of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), her web page titled “Justice for Ayesha Sana” has been blocked without any reason. She added that her confidential documents were also tampered with the support of NADRA.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2013.