SHC directs PID chief to appear in person over Dawn petition on 24th

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the director general of the Press Information Department (PID) to appear in person on March 24 over a petition filed by the Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt) Limited (PHPL) against withholding of advertisements by the federal government from daily Dawn.

The petition, filed by Advocate Muneer A. Malik on the behalf of the PHPL and its CEO Hameed Haroon, named the federation of Pakistan through the secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the PID through the principal information officer of the information ministry as respondents.

At the last hearing, the bench had put the respondents on notice.

When the petition came up for hearing before a two-judge SHC bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar on Tuesday, assistant admin officer Asif Javed and information officer Ashfaq Ahmed of the PID turned up, but they requested for time to submit a reply and also sought a copy of the petition, which was provided during the course of the day.