Former chairman of Pakistan Television (PTV) Ataul Haq Qasmi on Wednesday (Dec 5) claimed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb is responsible for corruption cases against him added that she is a liar and not sincere to her party.
Speaking to local media he said , “the information ministry used to frequently meddle in the affairs of the PTV while he wanted to make the channel function independently as per the wishes of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”. He said that the court did not find anything against him due to which a case was made regarding budget of his programme adding that would file an appeal against the court judgement. He also blamed some “behind-the-scene” people involved in mudslinging against him, and said he informed Nawaz about them in his resignation. “I will go to jail if my appeal [in court] is rejected. You can send a 70-year-old person to jail if you want,” he lamented.
The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on November 8 declared the “irregularities and illegalities” in former chairman and managing director of Pakistan Television (PTV), Attaul Haq Qasmi, as managing director as well as the chairman of the state broadcaster. Supreme Court said that former ministers of information and finance, Pervez Rashid and Ishaq Dar respectively, as well as former principal secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad are responsible for Qasmi’s illegal appointment and the financial benefits he received. The 48-page verdict, authored by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, stated that Qasmi will no longer be allowed to hold office.
Qasmi’s appointment controversy was started in April 2017, when he appointed himself PTV MD while also remaining the chairman of the state-run broadcaster. Earlier, this year the verdict was revered by three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.
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17 November, 2019