ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Naeem Bukhari has been restrained from working as chairman of Pakistan Television (PTV) by the Islamabad High Court.
The choice was introduced by a single-bench led by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday whereas listening to a set of petitions difficult Bukhari’s appointment citing it a violation of a 2018 Supreme Court judgment in a suo motu case.
In at present’s listening to, Justice Minallah questioned if the federal government had relaxed the age-limit previous to the appointment. To which, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting mentioned two summaries had been forwarded to the federal cupboard on November 13 and 26.
The decide remarked that the federal cupboard didn’t make a transparent choice on stress-free the age restrict, including that Bukhari was a revered determine however “no one was above the law”.
The ministry consultant knowledgeable the court docket that the summaries contended Bukhari to be an skilled and worthy candidate for the submit, including that the federal cupboard had accredited the summaries.
“Did you inform them of the apex court docket verdict? By omitting it, you might be embarrassing the federal cupboard as effectively,” noticed the IHC chief justice.
Justice Minallah remarked that the court docket doesn’t usually intrude within the govt’s choice and directed the ministry to position a revised abstract earlier than the federal cupboard for assessment of the earlier choice.
The listening to was adjourned for 2 weeks.
The SC judgment
In a suo motu case on Ataul Haq Qasmi’s appointment as chairman and director of the state-run tv, the highest court docket ordered the federal authorities to nominate a full-time managing director after fulfilling all authorized, procedural and codal formalities strictly in accordance with the regulation.
The judgment, authored by former prime decide Mian Saqib Nisar, famous that public officers, notably heads of ministries who had been elected representatives of the individuals, owed their allegiance and loyalty to Pakistan, the Constitution and the regulation. They had been obligated to behave accordingly and with out being influenced by extraneous concerns.