Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday imposed fine on former Accountant General of Pakistan (AGP) Tahir Mehmood for frivolous litigation, as he had moved the court challenging Pakistan-China agreement to digitalise the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV). A single bench of the IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui dismissed the petition and imposed Rs 100,000 on the former AGP. Petitioner Tahir Mehmood filed the petition and cited the federal government through ministry of information and PTV as respondents and contended before the IHC that the Pak-China agreement to digitalize the state TV was not in accordance with Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules. The counsel for information ministry and PTV Shahid Mehmood Khokhar argued before the court that this agreement was nothing to do with the PPRA rules as Chinese government had provided grant-in-aid to Pakistan worth 50 million dollar for the digitalization of the PTV. This grant is not a loan and no Pakistani institution or agency will execute this project. Pakistani has not to pay a single penny in this matter.
Advocate Khokhar added that an MoU for this project was signed in 2012 and recent visit of the Chinese President has endorsed the agreement.
He continued that Chinese government has given this grant to a Chinese company ZTE that will execute this project.
The IHC bench observed that how could court intervene in the project between the two countries and how could it issue notices to the Chinese government.
Then, the court dismissed the matter and imposed Rs 100,000 fine on the petitioner.