The Pakistan Cabinet has removed Naeem Bukhari, a close associate of Prime Minister Imran Khan, as chairman of Pakistan Television (PTV), after the Islamabad High Court barred him from working as the head of the state-run channel,
according to media reports Saturday. Supreme Court lawyer, politicians, and former TV host Bukhari were appointed as chief of the state broadcaster in November last year, inviting criticism to benefit from his closeness to Prime Minister Khan. In an embarrassment to Khan, the Islamabad High Court (IBC) on Thursday restrained Bukhari from working as the PTV chairman while hearing a set of petitions challenging his appointment, citing it.
– a violation of a 2018 Supreme Court order in a similar case. Justice Minallah had remarked that the Cabinet did not make a clear decision on relaxing the age limit for 65-year-old Bukhari. The Cabinet, through circulation, took a decision in which Bukhari and two other PTV directors were removed from their posts as they were over 65 years, the Dawn News reported, quoting
Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry. When asked why the decision was taken in haste and made through circulation instead of convening a formal meeting of the Cabinet, the minister said the government had to decide as presently the PTV was without a head and facing a “chaos-like situation,”
the report said. The Cabinet also restored Aamer Manzoor as the managing director of PTV, the Geo News reported. The corporation’s board of directors removed Manzoor on January 1. Barring Bukhari from serving as PTV chairman, the high court had directed the government to move a fresh summary for his appointment and clarifying special age relaxation for him. The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks.