Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday questioned who was behind the appointment of former Pakistan Television (PTV) chairman Ataul Haq Qasmi as managing director (MD), warning that if the appointment was illegal, all expenses incurred by the state-run media group would be recovered from the person responsible.
Qasmi, who has been looking after the affairs of PTV as its chairperson after the three-year contract of former managing director Mohammad Malick expired on Feb 26, 2016. The post has been lying vacant since then.
Qasmi sparked controversy by appointing himself PTV MD in April 2017. He was replaced by acting MD, Information Secretary Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera, who distanced himself from the establishment in Dec 2017.
Qasmi had allegedly received an aggregate of Rs278 million as salary and employee benefits during his two-year term.
Justice Nisar, who is heading a two-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench hearing a suo motu case regarding Qasmi’s appointment, read out the financial details submitted to him by the information secretary in a previous hearing.