Angry senators file privilege motion against PCB chief

February 12th, 2009 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 12 (IANS) The Senate’s standing committee on sports Thursday decided to hit back at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt for his outburst against its members by moving a privilege motion against him.

The motion took cognisance of Butt’s remarks quoted in Thursday’s media reports after he appeared before the Senate’s standing committee on sports. Butt had reportedly stated that the the panel had no powers to interfere in cricket affairs and that “they can criticise us as much as they like, but they cannot give us directions.”

The PCB chairman’s statement, the motion said, is tantamount to the breach of privilege of the Senate, read the motion, a copy of which is with IANS.

The motion went on to say that he (Butt) said only the patron and the sports ministry can give directions.

It pointed out that Under Rule 140 (2), 146 (4) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate 1988, Senate committees can deal with the matters assigned to the ministries with which they are concerned. Therefore, the PCB chairman has failed to comprehend the jurisdiction of the Senate’s standing committee on sports.

“The contemptuous remarks of the PCB chairman may be referred to the Senate’s standing committee on Rules of Procedure and Privilege,” said the motion filed by five members of the sports committee including its chairman Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Enver Baig, Haroon Khan, Rehana Yahya Baloch and Fauzia Fakhar.

The privilege move is yet another headache for the embattled PCB chairman. He is currently busy fighting on several fronts, from the below-par performance of the national team to the refusal of leading sides to tour Pakistan because of security concerns.

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