Petition filed to refrain Shahbaz from hosting reception for Pakistan cricket team

April 3rd, 2011 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, April 3(ANI): An application has been filed in the Lahore High Court, seeking suspension of a reception event being hosted by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to acknowledge the performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2011.

Underdogs Pakistan made it to the last four stage of the tournament before their World Cup campaign ended in a 29-run defeat at the hands of India in the semi final clash at Mohali on March 30.

A local citizen- Muhammad Iftikhar Hussain Rajput- filed the application in an already pending petition moved by Javed Iqbal Jafree against the distribution of cash prizes to the cricketers.

Petitioner’s counsel Jafree said the Punjab chief minister had arranged a get-together on April 5 for the national cricket team, wherein not only the players but also Shahbaz’s close friends would participate.

Shahbaz had arranged the party to give cash prizes to the players only for media projection, the Daily Times quoted Jafree, as saying.

He said the chief minister should be restrained from holding the event, as it would cost around 3 million rupees to the national exchequer.

If Shahbaz was to give cash prizes to the cricketers, he should do so from his own pocket and should not waste public money, the counsel added.

He also requested the court to make Shahbaz a party in the petition, and said that the chief minister should hire an advocate from his own pocket to defend him before the court. (ANI)

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