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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Plea against reception for cricket team

AN application has been moved in the Lahore High Court, seeking suspension of a reception being arranged by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the honour of the Pakistan cricket team.

Petitioner Muhammad Iftikhar Hussain Rajput, in his application on Saturday, submitted that the CM should be stopped from hosting the reception which would cost Rs3 million to the national exchequer. He said if the CM wanted to give prizes to the cricketers, he should do that from his own pocket.

The petitioner, through his counsel Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree, submitted that the reception was scheduled for April 5 where not only cricketers but close friends of the CM were also invited. He said the CM had announced giving cash awards to the players only to get the media projection at the expense of the national exchequer.

He said that in 1999 during Nawaz Sharif’s rule, the country was on the verge of bankruptcy but the whole Sharif family fled to Saudi Arabia instead of staying here to save the country. He said the family never played a role for the betterment of the country. He also requested the court to make the CM party in the petition and he should hire an advocate to defend him before the court from his own pocket.

Rajpoot has filed the application in an already pending petition of Javed Iqbal Jafree against distribution of the prizes to the crickets.

NAB DG: AN application has been filed in the Lahore High Court, seeking directions for retraining Punjab Acting Director General NAB Rana Zahid Mahmood from functioning as the matter against his appointment is pending before the court.

Shah Faisal Qureshi on Saturday filed the application to be affixed to in his already pending petition against the appointment of the NAB DG. The applicant submitted that the DG was committing illegalities while the case was pending against his appointment. He said as he was direct victim of the wrongdoings of the DG and after challenging his appointment, he feared bias on the part of the DG in his case which was pending for inquiry with NAB.

The petitioner, through his counsel in his already pending petition, submitted that the appointment of Mr Zahid was made on contract in violation of rules and regulations so the step by the government was illegal and unlawful and liable to be declared null and void. 
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