Marriyum Aurangzeb removed from committee to appoint PEMRA chief

16 Apr, 2018 3:03 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan removed State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb from search committee to appoint chairperson of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the Supreme Court wants to end the government’s control over PEMRA.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar heard the media commission case. As the hearing went under way, Additional Attorney General Rana Waqar informed the court that the government has formed a seven-member committee which will form a three-member panel to select an appropriate person as the head of PEMRA.

The chief justice observed that it will take a lot of time for this to get done but Additional Attorney General assured that the task will be completed within three weeks.

The court then formed a search committee to appoint the chairperson for the authority but replaced State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb with the information secretary, observing that the minister must be busy giving statements.

The CJ also remarked that what Supreme Court can do if parliament does not amend Article 5 of the constitution, adding that the PEMRA should be an independent institution and its chairman should be a well-reputed person. The apex court adjourned hearing of case for two weeks.

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