ISLAMABAD - The federal government yesterday appointed senior journalist Absar Alam as chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA).

President Mamnoon Hussain approved the summary of Absar’s appointment as chairman PEMRA on the recommendation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a few days ago. The Establishment Division issued the notification of the appointment last evening.

The incumbent government started the process of the appointment of permanent head of electronic media watchdog authority and advertised the post in August last in line with the Supreme Court’s order and constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.

The committee conducted the interviews of 32 candidates for the post on September 29 and 30, and shortlisted Absar Alam and IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan for the slot.