ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Naeem Bukhari has been restrained from working as chairman of Pakistan Tv (PTV) by the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom.
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 Courtroom judgment in a suo motu case.
In right this moment’s listening to, Justice Minallah questioned if the federal government had relaxed the age-limit previous to the appointment. To which, the Ministry of Data and Broadcasting stated two summaries have been forwarded to the federal cupboard on November 13 and 26.
The choose remarked that the federal cupboard didn’t make a transparent choice on enjoyable the age restrict, including that Bukhari was a revered determine however “nobody was above the legislation”.
The ministry consultant knowledgeable the court docket that the summaries contended Bukhari to be an skilled and worthy candidate for the put up, including that the federal cupboard had authorized the summaries.
“Did you inform them of the apex court docket verdict? By omitting it, you might be embarrassing the federal cupboard as nicely,” noticed the IHC chief justice.
Justice Minallah remarked that the court docket doesn’t sometimes intervene within the government’s choice and directed the ministry to position a revised abstract earlier than the federal cupboard for evaluate 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 legislation.
The judgment, authored by former prime choose Mian Saqib Nisar, famous that public officers, significantly heads of ministries who have been elected representatives of the folks, owed their allegiance and loyalty to Pakistan, the Structure and the legislation. They have been obligated to behave accordingly and with out being influenced by extraneous issues.