Attaul Haq Qasmi’s appointment as the chairman PTV was not a surprise to many Pakistanis. As a journalist his partisan position vis-à-vis PML-N and close ties with the leader Nawaz Sharif was evident. The association paid back. His appointment as chairman PTV was made roughly two years back, on December 23rd 2015. During his tenure PTV shuffled many of its shows to accommodate Qasmi sahib’s coteries.
While the official statement akin the resignation to the controversy in PTV as Qasmi sahib self-appointed himself to the post of MD PTV, on April 17, while keeping the chairman position—something that State Minister of Information Maryam Aurangzeb surprisingly had no clue of. The TTLeaks paints a different picture.
It seems that while there was no love lost between Nawaz Sharif and Qasmi, as the prior considered appointing Qasmi for the governorship of Punjab. It was after the intervention of Shahbaz Sharif, that the decision was changed to that of chairman PTV.
The resignation however comes as the result of the strong objection posed by Maryam Safdar, who, lets say, wasn’t a fan of Qasmi sahib. Qasmi sahib’s resignation will be effective 30 days after his submission, dated December 13, 2017. It is expected that the Information Secretary, Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera, made the interim DMD in April 2017, will continue until suitable candidates are hired. In the meantime, PTVs key officials with close ties to Attaul Haq Qasmi will face stringent enquiries.
Win some lose some
Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Member National Assembly (MNA) Mandi Bahauddin. This year, he left People’s Party Pakistan (PPP) and joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He received his bachelor’s degree in Legislation and Law (LL.B) and was a former Federal Minister for Capital Administration & Development. Nazar Gondal convinced his nephew, Waseem Afzal Chan ex-Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), to leave PPP and join Pakistan Tehreek Insaf to contest national elections from Malakwal-Qadirabad. In Chan’s meeting with Imran Khan, he was promised that if he joined PTI, Nazar Mohammad Gondal would not be given a ticket in the coming elections.
Waseem Chan is younger brother of senior PPP leader Nadeem Afzal Chan. Afzal Chan also recently resigned from his post as the party’s Punjab General Secretary.
Chan had made it clear in his resignation letter to party chairman Bilawal Bhutto that he would not leave the party and will continue on as a worker.
Planning a caretaker set up
The single digit temperatures are doing little to dull the heat that the political crisis is creating in the national capital of Islamabad. The political leadership is deft to changing winds and are already making strenuous plan for a caretaker government set up. Among the top posts’ nominees for Prime Minister is the name of Naeem Bukhari, senior advocate Supreme Court. Other prominent names include, Chaudhry Anwar Aziz, who is lauded as the father of politics in Shakargarh. This bronze medalist swimmer is a University of Michigan graduate who pioneered milk pasteurization and Tetra pack during Z. A. Bhutto regime. He is also the father of Daniyal Aziz.
Nawab Yousaf Talpur is also four times Member National Assembly (MNA), PPP, from Mirpur Khas. He is apparently not on good terms with PPP leadership at present.
Ghulam Bibi Bharwana is another name from district Jhang in Punjab. She had twice run elections from PML-Q’s ticket and once with PML-N. She however resigned from PML-N’s MNA position this month during Hameedudin Sialvi’s rally in Faisalabad.
Dr Nisar Ahmed Jutt who, in the past, had been PPP and PML-Q’s elected MNA from Faisalabad. In this term he was elected MNA on a PML-N ticket. In October 2017, he was appointed as Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights. He however, announced resignation from his National Assembly seat in protest in December 2017.