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Malick allowed to continue as MD PTV

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Thursday allowed Managing Director (MD) Pakistan Television (PTV) Mohammad Malick to keep his job till he receives written orders of an IHC single bench.

An IHC single-member bench on June 24 had declared the appointment of the MD PTV as illegal and Mohammad Malick then challenged the orders through an intra-court appeal (ICA) before an IHC division bench.

The division bench comprising Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah however excused from hearing this ICA after Justice Athar Minallah 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.

Counsel for Mohammad Malick, Akram Sheikh advocate however argued before the court that they have complete trust in the impartiality of the bench. Akram Sheikh referred to an article of law by virtue of which a judge could also suspend his own orders. Senior member in the bench Justice Qureshi said the bench would refer this matter to the IHC chief justice for appropriate order.

Akram Sheikh contended before the court that at the moment there was war on terror going on and the presence of national media was utmost important. “My client was properly appointed by a commission and till this time there is no written order of the IHC single bench,” he said.

He said the IHC single bench on June 24 had orally announced the orders and till this time there is no written order. The division bench then decided that this ICA will be heard by another division bench on Monday, June 30. However, the Mohammad Malick could keep up with his office as MD PTV till he receives written orders.Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC on June 24 had declared the appointment of Mohammad Malick as illegal while observing that it was not made in a transparent manner.

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