ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday expressed its anger for not implementing its directions about the restoration of Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan expressed his annoyance over non-implementation of court’s stay order by the Secretary Establishment Division and Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after IHC had restored Pemra Chairman Chaudhary Rashid Ahmad on December 16.

During the hearing, the secretary establishment and secretary information along with government appointed acting Pemra chairman Rao Tehsin Ali Khan appeared before the court in response to a contempt of court petition moved by Rashid Ahmed.

In his contempt petition, Chairman Pemra Chaudhry Rashid had alleged that Rao Tehsin who was appointed by the federal government as new Pemra chief, in connivance with secretary information and secretary establishment has been creating hurdles in the implementation of restraining orders issued by a single-member bench of IHC that had temporarily restored him to his slot. Rashid informed the court when he proceeded to his office at Pemra headquarter Islamabad on December 17, he started receiving threats from some miscreants and Rao Tehsin had instigated Pemra employees who blocked his entry into the office and took law into their hands.

Former secretary information and broadcasting Chaudhry Rashid was appointed as Chairman Pemra on January 26, 2013 by the former PPP government. The federal government on December 15 had terminated his contract and appointed one Tehsin Ali Khan an executive member Pemra as acting chairman.

On December 16, IHC bench after preliminary hearing suspended the termination orders of Rashid Ahmad and issued notices to the respondents secretary information and broadcasting, secretary establishment division, PEMRA and the acting chairman Pemra.

On Monday, a deputy attorney general representing the federal government told the court that the government has filed an appeal against the IHC restraining orders.

Justice Riaz observed that since the apex court has not vacated the stay order therefore the government is prima facie making mockery of the court’s order.

“You have to implement the court order but by not implementing it you had made the court order as a joke,” he remarked. Later, the court deferred the hearing by directing respondents to appear once again before the court on Tuesday (today).