Pak court asks authorities to register case against cricketers

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered authorities to register a criminal case against former cricket captain Salman Butt and two other cricketers who were convicted of corruption and spot-fixing by a court in Britain.

The additional district and sessions court in Lahore issued the order in response to an application filed by lawyer Muhammad Zubair Bulqan, who had asked the judge to direct authorities to register a case against the Pakistani cricketers involved in spot-fixing.

Bulqan said the players had tarnished Pakistan’s image in the world of cricket by indulging in spot-fixing. He said the offence the players had committed was not a tolerable one for the entire country.

The petitioner said he earlier submitted an application to Islamapura police station for registering a case against the cricketers but officials had refused to act on his
request. He asked the court to order the police station chief to register a case against the players.

The judge, while disposing of Bulqan`s petition, ordered the police station chief to act on the petitioner`s application in accordance with the law and to register a case on any cognizable offences committed by the players.

Earlier in the day, the British court handed down prison sentences to the three suspended Pakistani cricketers-Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir- after finding them guilty of corruption.

Butt and Asif were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively. Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial of his two teammates, was sentenced to six months in prison.


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