Pakistan

Rathore challenges his suspension as acting Pemra chief in SC

ISLAMABAD: Acting chairman Pakistan Electronic Media & Regulatory Authority (Pemra) challenged his suspension at the Supreme Court on Thursday, ARY News reported.

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The Islamabad High Court on July 15 had suspended the notification for the appointment of Pervez Rathore as acting chief of the Pemra. Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi of the IHC issued these directions in the hearing over contempt of court petition filed by Pemra’s private member Israr Abbasi. The petition had contended that Rathore was functioning despite the IHC’s June 9 orders.

Rathore said in his petition that he was appointed by the prime minister under the law. He claimed no violation was committed in his appointment process.

He said the IHC verdict of his sacking was tantamount to interfering in PM’s authority.

He requested the Supreme Court to issue directions, declaring IHC order null and void and restoring him on the erstwhile position.

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