SC seeks notification letter over the appointment of former PTV MD Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has sought the official appointment notification letter of a playwright and columnist Ata ul-Haq Qasmi charged to look after the affairs of the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV).

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Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi was the former acting MD of PTV, who allegedly appointed himself following the resignation of former MD Mohammad Malick in April, last year.

However on previous hearing a two-judge SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, hearing a suo motu case in this regard, asked the government to furnish a comprehensive report explaining the salary package and amount paid to Mr Qasmi, who has been looking after the affairs of PTV as its chairperson after the three-year contract of former managing director Mohammad Malick expired on Feb 26, 2016. The post has been lying vacant since then.

On Friday, Additional Attorney General Mohammad Waqar Rana and Information Secretary Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera informed the court that Mr Qasmi had allegedly received an aggregate of Rs278m as salary and employee benefits during his two-year term.

He was replaced by Mr Sukhera as the acting MD, who distanced himself from the establishment in December 2017.

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