The Ministry for Information and Broadcasting has removed Arshad Khan as the Managing Director (MD) of Pakistan Television Network (PTV).

According to media reports, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has placed Arshad Khan with Colonel (r) Hassan.

A tug of war for authority between Fawad Chaudhary and Arshad Khan ended with a drop scene of new MD selection committee on Monday.

The selection committee, headed by Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhary and Advisor to Prime Minister on Media, Yousuf Baig Mirza was mandated to select the new MD PTV.

The five-member committee also included Nadeem Babar, Sohail Warraich and others.

Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had decided to hold an inquiry against ptv MD Arshad Khan in a case regarding benami cheques.

Sources said the acting MD PTV was not appointed through a formal permission of the relevant board. They said the MD himself fixed his monthly salary to Rs 2.2 million. Sources informed that two Benami cheques of Rs 3.1 million and Rs 1.7 million were traced during the initial investigation.

During the Senate Committee meeting on March 5, PTV MD Arshad Khan had failed to convince the senate’s standing committee for human rights regarding issue of pensions and wages of the state television’s employees. The committee had also hinted at sending the matters of the Benami cheque and financial irregularities to the National Accountability Bureau.