By Kiran Bokhari
(Pak Destiny) It is interesting to note that Prime Minister Imran Khan appoints Yousuf Baig Mirza (YBM) like persons having questionable repute” on important positions.
On Wednesday Imran Khan appointed YBM special assistant to the prime minister on media affairs. YBM remained PTV
YBM remained a controversial personality as his pick for the top slot in the government shows PM Khan’s liking for the people with questionable repute. Zulfi Bokhari is another such example. Going through the “special credentials” of Bokhari and YBM show that their type PM Khan cannot ignore. It is not difficult to understand provided one goes through their “qualities” making them indispensable for the person like Imran Khan.
Interestingly a few years ago the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights discussed a legal dispute between TV anchor Aysha Sana and YBM over their matrimonial status. The heart of the dispute was a minor boy which Ayesha Sana claims to be the son of Yousuf Baig Mirza but
disowned by the latter.
According to a Dawn report, Sana alleged she had been wronged by her ex-husband Yousuf Baig Mirza. She requested the committee to provide her justice after she exhausted all other avenues, including the court, where she filed the case for maintenance for the child in August 2011 and was still waiting for a decision.
Sana sought recognition for her son she had with her former husband, then MD PTV, when they were married from June 21, 2003, till May 5, 2012. She also took up the issue of how she was illegally sacked from the PTV by its managing director. Ayesha had the support of all seven women parliamentarians. The meeting was informed that Ayesha married Yousuf Baig Mirza in June 2003. Both had married for the second time.
“We were living in the UK for some time and then returned to Karachi, where I started hosting a morning show on PTV,” Ayesha
told the meeting.
According to Sana, it was after 2006 that her husband started disowning their marriage and spreading the word that the two were no longer together. Her husband completely disassociated himself from her and the newborn son once she returned from the US after her delivery in November 2011.
“Yousuf Baig Mirza fired me from my job with PTV when he became the MD for the second time in 2007. Later in 2009, I was offered to host a morning show by PTV Lahore. But I was fired again when he became the MD of the state-owned channel in 2010 for the third time,” she told the MNAs.
She complained how no other channel was giving her work or helping project her story.“My press conference on July 19, 2012, in Lahore was ineffective. Despite heavy media representation, TV channels and newspapers did not highlight my case,” she said, alleging that her efforts to highlight her case on the social media were in one way or the other obstructed.
After Ayesha presented two thick files of evidence of her marriage with Yousuf Baig Mirza, then MNA Riaz Fatyana read out loud the DNA report from the DNA Worldwide, UK, that said: “Based on analysis of test results, it is practically proven that Yousuf Baig Mirza is the biological father of the child Mohammad Mustafa Mirza.”
Then MNA Kashmala Tariq insisted that experts from the Federal Shariat Court or Council of Islamic Ideology be also invited for their opinion on the matter. Three out of the seven women parliamentarians, including Jamila Gillani, in the meeting rejected the idea of representation from religious offices.
PM Khan perhaps never mind such allegations on his team member as he also used to face such allegations in the past. Tiyran case may be
gone through for the purpose. Pak Destiny