IHC reserves decision on petition against rewarding money to cricketers

ISLAMABAD, July 04 (TNS): Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday reserved its decision regarding the petition that was filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s declaration to give prize money of Rs10 million each to the national cricketers for winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
While giving his arguments before IHC, the deputy attorney general said, “It is Prime Minister’s right to award money from the discretionary funds which are reserved for him.”
He said, “PM has the privilege to grant funds according to the General Financial Rules, he remarked. It has been made clear under the Articles 78 to 87 that the given amount is a gift for players.”
The decision of granting Rs10 million each to cricket players was challenged by Tariq Asad Advocate. It was said in the petition that the national cricketers enjoy facilities of BS-22 officers besides match fees and central salary. The Premier should not use tax payers’ money to reward cricketers, who are already rewarded, the plea read.