The Lahore High Court (LHC) declared on Monday, the appointment of Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) illegal and ordered a new chairman to be appointed within 30 days.
LHC Justice Shahid Karim announced the verdict on a petition filed by a citizen, Munir Ahmad. In the petition Ahmad had challenged the appointment of the senior journalist as chairman PEMRA, local media reported. Ahmad said that Alam had been receiving salary of Rs1.5 million a month despite his post being equal to that of the MP-I (Management Position) scale. Ahmad informed the court that the maximum salary of MP-I was Rs.4,50,000,
During the last hearing on November 29, the court had reserved its verdict after hearing arguments from the lawyers. PEMRA’s counsel had sought time to finish records pertaining to the appointed. The court however, had rejected the request.
Social Media Reaction
— Syed Ali (@Ali_answers) December 18, 2017
— Just a Pakistani (@JafferSiddiqui) December 18, 2017
Chairman #PEMRA is facing several cases at #Islamabad High Court challenging the dubious procedure of his appointment by #PMLN govt. Media reported that his lawyer spent 3days boring the Court. On 3rd day, honorable judge remarked: “What are you trying to say?” 😄
— Ahmed Quraishi – TV Team (@Office_AQPk) December 13, 2017
— Dunya News (@DunyaNews) December 18, 2017