Pakistan cricket team players have been showered with cash rewards and gifts for their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 win against arch-rivals India in the final. While players have received cash rewards and cars, the cash prize that they were supposed to get from the government has hit a legal roadblock.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif had announced that players will be awarded the cash prize for their win but it has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court.
According to Express Tribune, justice Aamer Farooq of Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mehmood to “apprise the court about the provisions of law enabling the prime minister to announce cash reward.”
The DAG now has to inform the court about the law which allows cash rewards and what can be the limit, especially after a disaster.
Advocate Tariq Asad has challenged the decision of Prime Minister in which he has sanctioned Rs 215 million as the award to Pakistan cricket team and support staff for their win in Champions Trophy.
In his petition dated June 21, Asad had said that the government has given 15 players of the team Rs 10 million in total while the each member of the 13-man strong support staff will take Rs 5 million but they all receive monthly salaries. He also wrote that distribution of public fund is not in public interest.
Asad also referred to the recent oil tanker explosion in Ahmedpur East, Bahawalpur, in his petition. The explosion killed over 200 people and Asad said: “there is no burn section in any nearby hospital”. And, when it was demanded to establish burn wards in local hospitals, the PM had turned it down saying “it is very expensive”.
(With inputs from Express Tribune)