Media commission case: SC removes Maryam Aurangzeb from search committee

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has removed information minister Maryam Aurangzeb from search committee formed to select an appropriate person as the head of PEMRA.

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A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar issued the directions while hearing a case about the media commission.

“Minister must be busy in giving remarks,” CJP remarked, adding that she repeatedly criticizes judiciary’s decisions against his leader Nawaz Sharif.

During the hearing court observed that the freedom of press is connected with Judiciary.

Additional Attorney General (AAG) Rana Waqar informed the court that the government has formed a seven-member committee which will include prominent journalists and the chairman of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA).

The committee will form a three member panel to elect head of Pemra.

The court then formed a search committee to appoint Pemra chairman but removed information minister from committee.

During the hearing CJP observed that anti-judiciary slogans were chanted outside accountability court on Friday.

“I don’t know any ‘lion’, actual lions are my judges,” CJP maintained pointing towards judges.

The CJP further added that the ruling party leaders are not brave as they take shelter behind women. The Court then adjourned hearing for two weeks.

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