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Absar Alam appointed as PEMRA chairman

Senior journalist Absar Alam has been appointed on Thursday, as chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

As per details, Absar Alam was appointed on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the official notice will be issued in a day or two.

Alam is a senior  journalist and has worked with many of the media groups in Pakistan.

A committee created for appointment of PEMRA chairperson completed the interviews of at least 38 candidates. Some of the interviewed also include senior journalist Absar Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad Mir, IG Islamabad police Tahir Alam, Zafar Abbas and a few others.

According to reports, Information Secretary Azam Khan was to retire on Oct 10th this year had also enforced for the envy slot of PEMRA chief.

An advertisement for appointing the new PEMRA chief was published in newspapers almost two months ago. The government also informed Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the former PEMRA chairman Chaudhry Rasheed termination case that the position would be advertised in newspapers and Ch Rasheed may also apply for his reappointment.

More than 100 applications were collected for the position and at least 48 candidates were short-listed for interviews. The committee interviewed almost 18 candidates on September 29th and then 30 on September 30th. According to sources, senior journalist Absar Alam raised as the strongest candidate for the vacancy and his name was finalized for PEMRA chief. The other strongest candidate was IG Islamabad Tahir Alam.

On contrary, former PEMRA chairman Chaudhry Rasheed decided to object the appointment of new chief in the IHC. The legal representative for Ch Rasheed claims that the government can not appoint a new PEMRA chairperson till the court decision on all petitions, submitted by Ch Rasheed in this regard.