LAHORE: The Lahore High Court yesterday sought reply from the federal government by Oct 15, in a petition challenging procedure of the appointment of chairman Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

Advocate Aftab Bajwa, a lawyer-petitioner, had challenged the advertisement published in different newspapers for the appointment of Pemra chairman and its procedure.

Bajwa contended that the ministry of information and broad casting had no powers to appoint any person on the said post; only president or the chief executive of the state has powers to appoint a suitable candidate as PEMRA chairman.

The petitioner also pointed out that the federal minister for information had interviewed people of his choice and would appoint any of his blue-eyed as chairman of the authority.

He alleged that the government wanted to run the authority by its own way. He said that the government authorities also did not mention age limit, qualification and experience for the suitable candidates to fill the seat. The petitioner requested the court to set aside the procedure of the appointment of PEMRA chairman.–Staff Reporter

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Ijazul Ahsan of the LHC issued notice to the federal government and sought details and procedures regarding the appointment of chairman PEMRA.