Marriyum Aurangzeb is currently working as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in the cabinet of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Though she work as the right hand for Maryam Nawaz, she has become the most controversial figure since the day she took the responsibility.
As per different sources, it is being alleged that she has a complete control over state-run television network – PTV and that she is exploiting it in favour of her personal interests.
Previously, it was made public that the most important constituents of PTV network had been sold to the private TV channel. PTV Sports is alleged to being offered to Geo Super while the prime time of PTV Home has been purported to be sold to HUM TV for mere Rs. 2.5 million.
There have been various places at which the news of Marriyum misusing her authority have surfaced. Faiza Bukhari, a private TV channel employee, used to earn 20,000 rupees has been offered a job at PTV for whooping 225,000 rupees. On the other hand, rumours has it that Shehzad Raza has been employed on PTV for 450,000 rupees an increment from 150,000 offered at his previous job, due to close relations with Mrs. Aurangzeb’s husband.
Different sources have also purported that the case which was filed against PTV News Director Masood Agha Shorish has been eliminated but Marriyum Aurangzeb is adamant to not reinstate him. Similarly, the roles of Managing Director Saba Mohsin and Chairman Ata Ul Haq Qasmi are confined to their designations only and they are not being allowed to fulfill their duties as per their wishes.
The mentioned allegations and more have also been inclined by an America based acclaimed intellectual and columnist Tayyaba Zia Cheema of Nawai Waqt, USA, but as expected no voices have resonated from the concerned authorities.
As always, we can only wait and see what destruction this new government or some malicious elements inside it bring for the general public.