Lahore High Court Voids Absar Alam’s Appointment as PEMRA Chairman

Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared the notification of Absar Alam’s appointment as Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman as void, removing him from the position.

Hearing the case today, Justice Shahid Karim declared the notification of Absar Alam’s appointment as void.

Earlier, PEMRA’s lawyer Ali Gillani had demanded time for providing the court with the record of Absar Alam’s notification but the judge rejected the plea.

Justice Shahid Karim had remarked that the case was being heard for the last eighteen months and yet the record had not been submitted to the court and reserved the decision.

PEMRA’s lawyer told the court that Absar Alam had vast experience of working at various news channels and paid heavy taxes against his income. Meanwhile, the petitioner Munir Ahmad’s lawyer pointed at the irregularities in Absar Alam’s appointment as the chairman of the media regulatory body.

Azhar Siddique pleaded before the court that the appointment was in violation of the laws and that Absar Alam had failed to fulfill his duty as the chairman of the authority.

After hearing the argument from both sides, the court ordered Absar Alam’s removal from the position, declaring the notification of his appointment void.


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The court also ordered to re-advertise the post of the Chairman PEMRA.

The government had appointed the senior journalist as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on the advice of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in October 2015.


  • Xahid

    Good Job!
    lagta hia Pakistan main sif Judges hi hain jo System theek karna chahte hain,
    They should “terminate” all the political employees from all Organizations.

    • Ali Salman

      You are liking these judges as they are giving judgement which you want to see not on what law , constitution, and ethics say…that all from judges who love to be in media 24/7 and respond to talk shows or ask lawyers to respond to what is discussed during talk shows on TV channels. And now they fight on behalf of either petitioner or on behalf of respondent.

      Our current judiciary is no more different than Iftikhar Ch. or that of 50s ,70s, 80 or 90s.

      Judges we have in judiciary are either PCO or had some sort of political affiliation in past, what about that?

      Mention political background of Absar Alam please.

      • Xahid

        you mean I have to prove that Absar Alam is puppet of Noon League?

        and you forget to read the article carefully, let me quote for you the interesting part.

        “Justice Shahid Karim had remarked that the case was being heard for the
        last eighteen months and yet the record had not been submitted to the
        court and reserved the decision.”

        The even failed to provide the notification for his appointment. lol

  • Abdullah

    He was fine man.

  • Emraan Hashmi

    Chiriya 35 Puncture (Najam Sethi) K Saath Bhi Aisa He Hona Chahiye…

    • Ali Salman

      Your leader who got punctured 35 times later accepted that it was just a “political” statement, that shamelessly after so much hue and cry.

      • Emraan Hashmi

        Main Wait He Kar Raha Tha K Abhi Tak Koi Na’Ehal Nooniya Nahin Aaya…

  • ZAB

    Chiri baba should also be sent packing.

  • Her Government Department Hai Ek Netual Banda Ana Chayeh
    No Link with Politics & Politician Faimly : Door Door tak na ho :

    • Ali Salman

      What political background he had? Please enlighten.

  • Ali Salman

    Pakistani courts have come up with a new technique to void appointments for which Prime Minister of the country is empowered by constitution. They simply cancel the appointment notification.

    “Absar Alam had failed to fulfill his duty as the chairman of the authority.”

    Yes he has…after 350+ stay orders to PEMRA’s actions to enforce PEMRA law..he has failed.

    Keep it up judiciary, you will soon start a civil war in Pakistan.

    • Xahid

      Keep it up judiciary, you will soon start a civil war in Pakistan.

      Not Judiciary, they are working transparently with “Reasons” on the other hand Noon league is fighting with them openly specially the Noon and Kids.

  • Haxxan Raja

    Dth ko launch na krny ma or bar bar delay krny ma or puray mulk ma cable mafia ko khush krny ma eska bot zyada role ha.

  • sahil

    iss ne aate hee DTH bidding cancel ker di thee or khud bhi nahi kar saka.shame on him.