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Ataul Haq terms Marriyum liar, dishonest person

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Veteran journalist Ataul Haq Qasmi has termed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb a liar and disloyal person.

Former chairman PTV said he quitted his post a year earlier of his designated tenure because of such people. “Marriyum and former secretary information Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera had good mutual understanding and they concocted a false case against me,” he said.

Opening Pandora’s box against the former information minister, he said they framed him in the PTV corruption case.

He said the PML-N leaders forged a case against him pertaining to budget of a programme.

It is also pertinent here to mention that the Supreme Court last month declared the appointment of Ata ul Haq Qasmi on the post of managing director of state-run television as unlawful.

The journalist said former federal minister Pervez Rasheed offered him that post and after some hesitation he had accepted it.

“They later told me that the chairman will neither have administrative power nor signatory. My tenure comprised three years but I resigned a year earlier,” he said.

Then, he said, they (Marriyum and Sukhera) framed him in cases of corruption regarding budget of the programme and promos.

“When they failed to find any other thing, they mentioned about programme’s budget in the case and put expenditure of promos and filler in my account,” he said.

Ataul Haq said former information minister was such an ill-informed woman that neither she knew who Qasmi was, she did not know even a single journalist, however she was adept at lying.

The journalist said he would file an appeal against the case.

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