LHC annuls Absar Alam appointment as Pemra chief

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday annulled appointment of Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, Absar Alam on a petition filed in 2015.

The LHC had on Nov 29 reserved the decision on a petition difficult appointment of senior journalist Absar Alam as Pemra chief.

On the final listening to, Pemra’s suggest Ali Shah Gillani concluded his arguments in defence of the appointment. He sought more time from the courtroom to furnish document with regards to the appointment. However, Justice Shahid Karim declined the request and noticed that every one relative document will have to were produced ahead of the courtroom a long way previous.

The petitioner’s suggest Azhar Siddique additionally hostile the request pleading that the courtroom had sought the specified report from the Pemra on October 6, 2016, whilst the petition were pending for over two years. The pass judgement on noticed that no more adjournment may well be allowed at this level. However he accepted the Pemra’s attorney to post his written arguments inside of an afternoon or two.

The petitioner pleaded that the appointment of Absar Alam used to be a results of political attention. He stated the federal government crammed the everlasting submit of the Pemra chairman with a short lived appointment.

The suggest argued that judgments of the Supreme Court barred contractual appointments on everlasting posts. Whereas the appointment of the respondent used to be made as appearing chairman of Pemra, he added.

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