He explained that Maryam Aurangzeb, the former Minister of Information built a bogus case against him. Qasmi alleged that Maryam Aurangzeb is not loyal to any political party and that he has said it to her face as well. He said that the information ministry frequently meddled in the affairs of PTV, whereas he wanted the channel to function independently, as per the wishes of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif – which forced him to resign a year before his tenure was supposed to end.
The former PTV chairman exclaimed that the case was lodged about 15 days after he quit PTV, and that it was nothing but bogus. They lodged a case regarding the budget of a TV show he suggested to introduce. Qasmi also claimed that a few people behind that were involved in ruining his reputation and flinging accusations at him also wanted to set up Nawaz Sharif, but the former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed took the blame upon himself.
Qasmi informed Nawaz about the situation in his resignation. He now added, “I will go to jail if my appeal is rejected. You can send a 70-year old person to jail if you want.”
The Supreme Court declared Qasmi’s appointment and the perks he was granted illegal. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case and had reserved judgement in July this year.
Despite reports of receiving upwards of 278million rupees in salaries and advertising cuts during his two year tenure, Qasmi denies any wrongdoing.