A decision by the Lahore High Court has declared the appointment of Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) as invalid. In light of this decision, he is removed from the position.
In October 2015, the federal government appointed Absar Alam, as chief of PEMRA.
A petition was filed by Azhar Siddique Advocate challenging the appointment of the journalist as PEMRA’s head.
As per the petitioner, Alam did not fulfill the criteria of being the chief of the media-watchdog. He also accused him of misusing his position by pursuing the agenda of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
As per a report by ARY News, Absar Alam was getting a salary of Rs1.5 million per. month. Whereas, his post was equivalent to a management position and the maximum salary allotted for this scale is Rs450,000.
The High Court judge, in his remarks, said that an advertisement should be placed for the appointment of new PEMRA chief.