The Islamabad High Court on Friday ordered removal of Managing Director of Pakistan Television, Yousaf Beg Mirza, as his appointment was declared as illegal.
A single member bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui passed the order while hearing a plea filed by Ahsraf Azeem, a former MD PTV against the appointment of Yousaf Beg Mirza as MD PTV.
The Judge in its order observed that competitive procedure for selection of Yousaf Beg Mirza as MD PTV was not adopted.
During the course of hearing,Naeem Bokhari, counsel for MD PTV apprised the bench that so far no MD PTV has been appointed through competitive selection procedure.
He requested the bench to pass an order in the case after May 11 due to appropriate coverage of the elections.
Bukhari contended that his client had been working on high salary in two private television channels on the same post.
To this, Justice Siddiqui questioned that whether the competitive procedure for selection of MD PTV was adopted in the appointment of Yousaf Beg Mirza.
“If he is such a talented person, why he is shy to go through a competitive procedure for getting the top slot in PTV,” he asked.
Justice Siddiqui remarked that the selection of MD should be made on merit by advertising the post of a state-owned organization and not the organ of any political party.
Senior officer of PTV, Mustafa Kamal Director Engineering would act as an acting MD of the channel till the completion of process of appointment a new MD within one month, the court ordered.