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Appointment of PBC chief: Judgment reserved on plea’s maintainability

RAWALPINDI: Justice Rauf Ahmed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday reserved his judgment on maintainability of a petition which challenged the appointment of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation director general.

The petition was filed by Zile Rehman, a controller of Radio Pakistan.

Advocate Misbahullah, representing the petitioner, argued before the court that the PBC director general Dr Murtaza Solangi had been holding the office illegally as his contract had not been renewed.

The lawyer said the two years contract of the DG expired on June 16 this year and he had been given a letter from ministry of information signed by a deputy director asking him to continue his work as the head of the PBC.

He maintained before the court that prime minister appointed DG in BPS-22 but in this case the relevant rules were not followed while giving and later extending the contract of Dr Solangi.

Zile Rehman making the DG and information secretary as respondents maintained that he had two months service left but the DG had transferred him from Islamabad to Lahore.

The radio controller said under the transfer policy and relevant rules a public servant with two years service having been left could not be transferred, and if transferred the posting should be at the place of his choice but in his case he was forced to go to Lahore.

The petitioner said he was promoted to the post of Radio Pakistan director marketing after the approval of its advisory board but was reverted by the DG in violation of the rules.

He has prayed to the court to stop his transfer and declare the appointment of PBC DG as null and void.
Source: Dawn
Date:7/24/2010