Interference alleged: Pemra chief’s appointment challenged

Published: October 9, 2015

LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the federal government on a petition against the alleged involvement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid in the appointment of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman. Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued the notice on a petition filed by Advocate Chaudhry Baqar. Counsel for the petitioner Aftab Bajwa told the court that the power to appoint the Pemra chairman was vested with the president. He said the prime minister and the information minister had no role to play in the process. Ahsan said Sharif and Rashid had been interviewing candidates for the slot despite this. He said this was illegal and unconstitutional. Ahsan said the federal government wanted to exercise over electronic media by appointing a favourite. He asked the court to prevent the prime minister and the information minister from exercising any influence over the appointment.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2015.

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