PM Secretariat asked that under what law the cricket team was rewarded
On Tuesday, 4th July 2017, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sought comments from the Prime Minister’s Secretariat in regards to a petition which was filed against the announcement of a reward of Rs10 million for each of the players on the Pakistan cricket team for winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Hearing the petition which was filed by advocate Tariq Asad, IHC Justice Aamer Farooq had issued a notice to the principal secretary to the prime minister in which directions to explain the law under which the premier could announce such awards.
The petitioner adopted the stance before the court that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had sanctioned Rs215 million in rewards for the cricket team for winning the Champions Trophy against India in England.
The petitioner has argued the according to the notification of June 21, 15 players of the Pakistan cricket team will be receiving Rs10 million, and each of the 13 members of the team management will also be given Rs5 million while they already will be receiving a monthly salary as regular employees.
The petitioner has maintained that that the team deserves the reward but to give the rewards from the national exchequer in such an extravagant manner is not in accordance with the law.
The petition said that the players along with the squad members get sufficient match money, along with funds from other resources, salaries and benefits for playing first class cricket for various departments and have contracts with the Pakistan Cricket Board, which makes their normal income “over and above a 22-grade officer.”
He stated that “Such a huge amount may be utilised for public welfare” he stated, adding that if the money had to be spent on sports or cricket, the best way would be to give these funds to the 16 regions at the grass roots level where the players are unable to even buy essential accessories for playing the game. The petitioner had requested that the court sets aside the June 21 order so that the funds may be utilised to provide basic amenities to common people.
Although the petitioner had also requested for the court to stay the reward giving ceremony, however the prizes to the team had already been handed over by the premier by the time the court order was issued.
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