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Justice Zahid tipped to head panel on media

ISLAMABAD: Nasir Aslam Zahid, a former judge of the Supreme Court, is being tipped to head a two-man commission on media accountability. The court is expected to make the announcement on Jan 15.

A decision to this effect was made by a two-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, after it approved constitution of the commission, which may also include former information minister Javed Jabbar.

The bench had taken up a set of petitions regarding media accountability initiated at the behest of some television anchors accusing the government of using Rs4 billion out of the secret fund to pressure media houses into toeing the line.

On Thursday, a six-page proposal drafted by president of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Syed Nayyab Hassan Gardezi, was presented before the court. It was finalised after consulting petitioners and representatives of the federal government, Pemra, an advertising agency Messrs Midas (Pvt) and other stakeholders.

On Wednesday, the court had assigned the task of formulating proposals to Mr Gardezi after convening a meeting of all stakeholders and then submitting terms of reference regarding formation of the commission.


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