Federal government on Tuesday challenged Islamabad High Court’s decision to reinstate Zaka Ashraf as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman in Supreme Court of Pakistan. Meanwhile the Acting chief Justice Nasirul Mulk has constituted three member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Anwaz Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and Justice Iqbal Hamidur Rehman to hear the case. The bench will start hearing on the petition today (Wednesday).
Inter-Provincial Coordination filed the petition in Supreme Court through Counsel Asma Jehangir challenging Ashraf’s reinstatement. It has been said in the petition that true facts were not presented in the petition challenging the appointment of Najam Sethi in Islamabad High Court. The petition against the appointment of Najam Sethi was based on mala dife.
The application against Sethi did not fall under the jurisdiction of IHC, adding that the IHC could not hear the cases regarding the administrative matters. It has been argued in the petition that IHC acted against its jurisdiction and restored Zaka Ashraf on the post of Chairman PCB. It has been requested in the petition that the court might declare null and void the decision of IHC regarding the restoration of Zaka Ashraf and might restore Najam Sethi and all members of the Interim Committee of PCB under SRO.
The petition challenges the Islamabad High Court’s single bench comprising Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi’s decision, pleading the apex court to set aside the reinstatement.
The petition maintains that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the patron-in-chief of PCB and that he has the authority to make administrative changes.
It says that PCB’s governing board had expressed confidence over ousted chairman Najam Sethi. It is further said in the petition that the high court ruled without hearing the defence’s side, seeking restoration of Prime Minister’s executive order to out Zaka Ashraf.
It further seeks restoration of interim management as per the SRO issued on February 10 this year.
14 persons including Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf have been made party to the petition.
The Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination had also filed an appeal in Islamabad High Court prior to moving Supreme Court but had withdrawn it.