Senate Committee on Privileges to issue notice to Butt

Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 00:11 AM IST

Karachi: The Senate committee on Privileges is due to issue Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt a show cause notice next week for making inappropriate remarks in the media about some senators who are members of the Senate standing committee on sports.

“Yes the Senate committee on privileges has decided to issue a show cause notice to Ijaz Butt to appear before the committee next week,” Senator Tahir Mashadi who heads the committee and is also a member of the sports standing committee said on Tuesday.

“Butt has to come before us and explain his remarks in which he blamed some senators for trying to pressurise the Pakistan board into clearing dues of the contractor who constructed the new enclosure at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore,” he said.

Mashadi said the PCB Chairman would be given a fair opportunity to defend himself and if the committee was not satisfied it would move a privilege motion against the PCB chief in the Senate’s next session.

Mashadi also confirmed that the Senate standing committee on sports would be visiting the PCB headquarters at Gaddafi stadium on Friday to inspect the financial, administrative and other matters of the board.

“Our members who are on a sub-committee will go to the PCB offices to investigate certain issues.”

The Senator said the Senate sports committee was aware of the growing criticism over the team’s performances and the problems in Pakistan cricket.

“We are keeping an eye on everything and Ijaz Butt and the PCB will have to explain many things,” Mashadi said.

Interestingly Butt who is back home after a long stay in England is again due to leave for the United kingdom next week.

The PCB chief who has come under increasing criticism for his handling of cricket affairs is also visiting Islamabad to meet with government officials.

Sources say his visit may be linked to the growing rumors that the chief patron of the board, President Asif Zardari might decide to make changes in the board soon.

Butt’s tenure as PCB chief ends in October this year.

Butt got into an argument with the media on his return from England at the airport when he was asked some stinging questions and since then he has not addressed his promised press conference in Lahore.