Najam Sethi has become the 16th (caretaker) chief minister of Punjab. Pakistani people used to see him on GEO TV in the program "Aapas ki Baat, Najam Sethi kay Saath", and that program had earned a good viewership in the past one year and that was mainly due to his artistic style of commenting on the current political affairs. He used to have a term "Chiriya" which means sparrow, which used to bring secret news for him which he produced in his program. People still don't know what he means to say by "Chiriya" and what is the source of his news and predictions about the current affairs. Surprisingly most of his predictions prove to be true. Many of his rival anchors blamed him as an American or Indian agent and also labeled him as ultra liberal persons not believing in the religious norms but Najam Sethi has refuted all this allegations in one of his current programs and he revealed that he has also filed a court case against an anchor namely Mubasshar Luqman for damages. He has won many awards in the field of journalism as journalist, editor and an anchor. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times which is a political weekly, and before this he was the editor of Daily Times and Daily Aajkal newspapers. He also owns Vanguard Books, which is a publishing house and chain of bookstores.
In the year 1999, he was arrested by ISI following an interview with the BBC on government corruption, and was detained for almost a month without any charges. In 2008 and 2009, he had to face death threats from Islamist groups for the anti-fundamentalistic ideas published in his papers.
Sethi has won the 1999 International Press Freedom Award presented by US-based Committee for protection of Journalists and the 2009 World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award.
Now he has been selected with consent of political parties for the slot of Chief Minister of Punjab (Caretaker) On March 26, 2013. Now he has the responsibility of conducting a fair elections in Punjab because he has already been blamed to be Pro-Nawaz League and Anti-PTI but he claims that he will do whatever possible to conduct free and fair elections and will obey every order of the Election Commission and Supreme Court and if he could not do so, he would relinquish the seat of CM.