Cabinet removes Naeem as PTV chairman

Published January 16, 2021
The federal cabinet removed Naeem Bukhari (pictured) and two other directors of PTV board on Friday. — Photo courtesy Facebook/File
The federal cabinet removed Naeem Bukhari (pictured) and two other directors of PTV board on Friday. — Photo courtesy Facebook/File

ISLAMABAD: A day after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) barred Naeem Bukhari from serving as chairman of Pakistan Television, the federal cabinet removed him and two other directors of PTV board on Friday.

At the same time, it reinstated Amir Manzoor, who had been sent home by Mr Bukhari.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn that the cabinet, through circulation, took a decision in which Mr Bukhari and two other directors were removed as they were over 65 years old.

“In fact the Islamabad High Court had asked the government to remove those directors of the board whose age was above 65 years. Today the cabinet removed Mr Bukhari and two other directors,” he added.

Asked why the decision was taken in haste and made through circulation instead of convening a formal meeting of the cabinet, the minister said the government had to take a decision as presently the PTV was without a head and facing a “chaos-like situation”.

He said Amir Manzoor, who was removed as managing director of PTV by Mr Bukhari, was reinstated by the cabinet on Friday.

The IHC had restrained Mr Bukhari from working as PTV chairman on Thursday.

Presiding over the case, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had observed that there needed to be a clear reason for relaxing the upper age limit for 65-year-old Bukhari. It recalled a decision by the Supreme Court in Nov 2018 to set aside the appointment of Ataul Haq Qasmi as PTV chairman.

The court noted that the information ministry had repeated the same mistakes as those made in Mr Qasmi’s case and did not go through the apex court’s judgement before sending the summary to the federal cabinet.

Published in Dawn, January 16th, 2021

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