ISLAMABAD - A Division Bench (DB) of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday permitted Managing Director (MD) Pakistan Television (PTV) Muhammad Malick to continue his job till he receives written orders of an IHC bench, which had declared his appointment as illegal.
The DB comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing of the intra-court appeal (ICA) moved by Malick challenging the order of IHC bench dated June 24.
However Justice Athar excused from hearing this ICA and said that the second contesting candidate against the post of MD PTV Jamal Shah had approached him for engaging him as counsel when the appointment of MD PTV was made by the federal government.
The counsel for Malick, Akram Sheikh, expressed his full trust over the DB and stated that they have complete trust in the impartiality of the bench.
The counsel representing the petitioner argued before the court that at the moment there is a war on terror going on and the presence of national media is utmost necessary but the matter of fact is that the national media has been silenced.
He maintained that his client was properly appointed by a commission and till this time there is no written order of the IHC single bench. He added that IHC single bench had orally announced the orders on June 24 and till this time there is no written order.
Then, the DB decided that this ICA will be heard by another division bench on Monday June 30.
It also ordered that Muhammad Malick could continue his office as MD PTV till he receives written orders.