Lahore High Court greenlights PCB chairman election

Court sends consolidated petitions to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial

By
Shahid Hussain
A general picture of Lahore High Courts building. — AFP/File
A general picture of Lahore High Court's building. — AFP/File 

  • LHC withdraws injunction against election of PCB chair.
  • LHC issued stay order, suspended notification last week.
  • BHC also stopped elections until further orders.


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday withdrew its injunction against the election of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, giving the government the go-ahead to conduct elections for the coveted post.

During a hearing, Justice Anwaar Hussain heard all the arguments and pronounced his decision on the petition for a stay order against the elections.

The court then sent the consolidated petitions to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial.

The LHC stayed the election of the chairman after suspending the notification of the Board of Governors last week.

It also issued notices to the federal government, the PCB election commissioner, and others.

In the petition of one Malik Zulifqar, it was contended that Chief Election Commissioner Shahzad Farooq Rana had made several changes to the list of the BoGs, which was finalised by the interim management committee on June 20.

It alleged that the act of the chief election commissioner was "illegal".

The petition implored the court for a stay order in this regard, which the court granted.

It is pertinent to mention that last week, the Balochistan High Court also stopped the election of the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, pending further orders.

Earlier, the PCB postponed the elections for its new chairman after a stay order was issued by the Balochistan High Court's two-member bench last week.

Chief Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Justice Amir Nawaz issued an order to stop the elections till July 17.

Because of the Eid ul Adha holidays and the two weeks of summer vacation for the court, the court will resume listening to the arguments on July 17.