Shaharyar Khan faces revolt from senators

Published: Saturday, June 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Three senators have given a notice to move a privilege motion against Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan for refusing to submit a draft copy of the proposed constitution of the Board to the senate committee as per the earlier commitment.

"He (Shaharyar) has dishonoured the members of the committee ignoring the authority of senate which is a breach of privilege of the senators," senators Muhammad Enver Baig along with Murad Ali Shah and Dr Kouser Firdaus said in the notice, according to local daily Dawn.

The three members, who had staged a walkout from the senate standing committee on sports meeting recently protesting against Shaharyar's refusal, also demanded that the matter be discussed on the floor of the house adjourning the normal business before referring it to the privileges committee.

The events at the meeting, one of several that have taken place since May last year, turned sour after Shaharyar refused to honour his promise of submitting the constitution before the committee and directly submitted the draft to President Pervez Musharraf.

The senate standing committee on sports first met in May last year to probe the reasons for Pakistan's defeat at home to India and later also begun investigating the financial affairs of the Board.

Enver, who has been the most vocal of all senators in virtually all past meetings of the committee, also continued his assault on Shaharyar.

"The most shocking part is that he has been misguiding everyone on such a prestigious forum."

He alleged that corruption was rampant in the PCB and that the chairman was going about obliging his favourites by promoting them out of turn and giving them hefty salaries.

The PCB officials have been in a tight spot since but Shaharyar's refusal on the constitution seems to have put the probe somewhat off track.

Meanwhile, speaking to another daily The News, Shaharyar defended his decision to directly submit the draft of the constitution to the chief staff officer of the President and not distribute copies among the members of the senate standing committee on sports.

"I didn't break any promise; I had informed the chairman of the standing committee in advance that since the draft of the constitution was a confidential document and still to be scrutinised and approved by the chief patron of the PCB, I would explain the main points of the draft to the senators," he was quoted as saying.

The PCB chief also reminded that in the past no cricket Board had ever publicly discussed the constitution before it was approved by the chief patron. "It's wrong to say that nothing can be done once the constitution is submitted to the President. The chief patron himself might want changes in the draft," he added.

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