Nawaz Sharif’s reward to Pakistan cricketers for India win challenged in court
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Nawaz Sharif’s reward to Pakistan cricketers for India win challenged in court

The Pakistan Prime Minister had announced a cash reward after Pakistan posted a shocking win over India in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final.

cricket Updated: Jul 04, 2017 17:15 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cash rewards to members of the Pakistan national cricket team hasn’t gone down too well with some people. (REUTERS)

Pakistan’s stunning victory over India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 had brought unbridled joy to the country. This led to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — who also happens to be Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Patron-in-Chief — announcing a cash reward for the winners.

However, the joy was short lived. An oil tanker explosion on a highway linking Karachi to Lahore resulted in more than 200 people losing their lives in Bahalpur.

Now a petition has been filed contesting the cash reward announced for the cricketers. The reward, as reported by the Daily Times, will make the cricketers ‘instant millionaires’.

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Justice Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad High Court has asked deputy attorney general Raja Khalid Mehmood to inform the court on what provision of law has the Prime Minister announced cash rewards, especially at a time when there has been a ‘tragedy or disaster’.

‘Unlawful act’

The direction has been made in reply to a petition filed by advocate Tariq Asad, who has challenged Sharif’s announcement to award Pakistani rupees 215 million to the winning party.

“15 players of the cricket team will receive Rs10 million each while 13 members of the team management will ‘pocket’ Rs.5 million each, who already receive monthly salary as regular employees,” said Asad, in his petition.

The advocate said that giving away public funds in such a manner was not in ‘accordance with the law’.

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Asad also mentioned that fact that there were no burn wards near the accident spot which rocked Pakistan.

He further added that funds should be pumped in at the grassroots level where young players do not have the necessary equipment to play cricket.

The court is set to take up the case on Tuesday, July 4.

First Published: Jul 04, 2017 17:15 IST