ISLAMABAD  – The Ministry of Information appointed Mirza Saleem Baig as chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

According to a notification issued on Thursday, Baig has been appointed to the post for the next four years following the Supreme Court’s directive to make a timely decision.

The apex court order came as a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing of the PEMRA chairman appointment case on Wednesday.

During the hearing of the case, the counsel of the petitioner argued that the individual named for heading the media watchdog did not fulfill the eligibility criteria for the post.

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However, the top judge remarked that they did not want to get into the issue and noted that the search committee had nominated Baig for the post of PEMRA chief.

President Mamnoon Hussain had approved a summary of Baig’s appointment to the post late last month.

An officer of the Information Service, Baig previously served as the Principal Information Officer with the federal government.

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The top judge had formed a committee for the appointment of PEMRA chief in April, removing then  State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb with the information secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera.

The post had been lying vacant since December when the Lahore High COurt sacked media veteran Absar Alam as the PEMRA chairman.