LHC annuls appointment of PEMRA chairman
LAHORE (92 News) – The Lahore High Court (LHC) has on Monday annulled the appointment of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Absar Alam.
The LHC judge Justice Shahid Karim had reserved the judgment on November 29 on the petition filed by a citizen, Munir Ahmed, who challenged Absar Alam’s appointment.
Announcing the verdict, the LHC judge while nullifying the appointment notification and ordered the government to appoint new PEMRA chairman within next 30 days.
The court remarked that the regulatory body chief was not appointed on merit,
Later, talking to media, Advocate Azhar Siddique said that the government had changed the minimum qualification for the post from Masters to Graduation only to accommodate Absar Alam and it was never a tenure appointment. “Then in the violation of all the rules, his salary was raised to Rs 1.5 million (excluding taxes) in April 2016”, he said.
The petitioner went on to say that Absar Alam had been appointed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on political grounds.
Absar Alam was appointed as PEMRA Chairman on October 22, 2015 by President Mamnoon Hussain on the advice of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.