Chairman PTV, Atta Ul Haq Qasmi called Board of Directors meeting and passed a resolution to appoint himself as Managing Director of the state channel.
PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar made this revelation in a meeting of Senate’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage leaving all the members in shock.
Post of the MD PTV was vacant since Qasmi’s predecessor Mohammed Malik retired on 28th February 2018.
Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi who is well-acclaimed Urdu writer, columnist and satirist is a staunch supporter of PML-N, the ruling party of Pakistan. No wonders, he was granted such a crucial post in PTV which is responsible for making important policy decisions.
His move to appoint himself as PTV MD surprised everyone, as they didn’t expect such thing from a person who is an intellectual and enjoys such prestige and honor among folks for his literary work.
According to reports, Kamil Ali Agha, chairman of the Senate Committee had also expressed his concerns over the postings of staff in PTV after the new appointment of MD.
Qasmi has also served as ambassador to Pakistan in Norway and Thailand from 1997 to 1999 during the previous tenure of PML-N. Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi’s son Yasir Pirzada who is a famous columnist and a civil servant also has a reputation of favoring interests of the ruling government. Recently, Pirzada who served in FBR as officer Inland Revenue was appointed as the member of Administration in CDA (Capital Development Authority).
We don’t know if PML-N government would seriously look forward to reversing the decision as Information Minister, Maryam Aurangzeb responded in the meeting.
The case of Tanzila Mazhar, PTV anchor who was harassed by the senior director at the channel is an example. Tanzila had to resign from her post and leave the channel after she didn’t get justice and continued to face the same people in the channel.