ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday reserved its ruling on a petition challenging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cash reward for Pakistani cricket team.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif had announced that players will be awarded Rs.215 million cash prize for their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 win against India in the final.
However, it hit a legal roadblock when a lawyer, Tariq Asad Advocate, challenged the reward in the Islamabad High Court yesterday.
Today, Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mehmood appeared before Justice Aamer Farooq of IHC and appraised the court about the provisions of law enabling the prime minister to announce cash reward.
He told that court that the reward would be given from Prime Minister’s discretionary fund. “He is entitled to exercise his powers in this regard,” he said.
The Deputy Attorney General also gave the reference of ex-PM Raja Pervez Ashraf’s case.
After hearing the arguments, the judge reserved his ruling that will be announced later.
In his petition dated June 21, Asad had said that the government has given 15 players of the team Rs 10 million in total while the each member of the 13-man strong support staff will take Rs 5 million but they all receive monthly salaries.
He also wrote that distribution of public fund is not in public interest.
Asad also referred to the recent oil tanker explosion in Ahmedpur East, Bahawalpur, in his petition. The explosion killed over 200 people and Asad said: “there is no burn section in any nearby hospital”. And, when it was demanded to establish burn wards in local hospitals, the PM had turned it down saying “it is very expensive”. – Samaa