Absar Alam was a renowned journalist and anchor person who hosted many shows on Aaj Pakistan. He was appointed as the chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on 14th November 2015. He was appointed by President Mamnoon Hussain on recommendation of Nawaz Sharif but recently Lahore High Commission has fired him and declared his appointment illegal.
Appointed as PEMRA chairman
Threats By Altaf HussainA renowned TV anchorperson has announced that his family would register a murder case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain if anything were to happen to him. The public announcement from TV anchor Absar Alam comes after a direct threat by Altaf Hussain in an address to the participants of a sit-in organised by the MQM against re-polling in NA-250 constituency. Addressing media persons during his speech, Altaf had said, “You have the right to criticise, but not manipulate or spread lies against the sons of those who created Pakistan.” Hussain claimed that the media was clearly biased against his party, portraying them in a bad light. Using an old Urdu proverb, the MQM chief said, “Dogs bark when caravans move. I want to tell the media persons that they can criticise the MQM as much as they want but honestly.”
Absar Alam fired by LHC
Remarks of Azhar Siddique on Absar Alam's DisqualificationTalking to media after the the decision, Azhar Siddique said that the high court had set aside Absar Alam’s notification, declaring that the appointment wasn’t transparent. He said that the government had changed the minimum qualification for the post from Masters to Graduation only to accommodate Absar Alam and it was never a tenure appointment. “Then in the violation of all the rules, his salary was raised to Rs 1.5 million (excluding taxes) in April 2016”, he said. He added that Absar Alam had been appointed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML_N) and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on political grounds. “Channels like ARY and Bol were issued notices in order to silence their voices. Many programs were taken off air, including those of Arshad Sharif, Mubasher Lucman, Dr Shahid Masood, Asad Kharal and Aamir Liaquat, in order to silence them. Besides, PEMRA did nothing to prevent the channels from airing the anti-judiciary campaign run by Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz”, he said.
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