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Senator Baig ready for court battle against Nasim Ashraf


Senator Enver Baig said on Wednesday he is relishing a ‘court battle’ with Nasim Ashraf saying that such an opportunity would help him to expose the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman in front of the whole nation.

“I want Nasim Ashraf to go to court,” Baig told this correspondent. “I am fully prepared to expose his incompetence and also the fact that he is the wrong man to run the PCB,” added the Senator, who is a member of Senate’s Standing Committee on Sports.

Baig said that he would also write to the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly to order a detailed audit of the PCB from 1999 to 2007, saying that he suspects financial irregularities were carried out in the Board during the ‘period of ad-hoc’ rule.

Baig, who returned home from India recently, was reacting to an announcement made by Nasim Ashraf last week that he would file a law suit against the Senator over the remarks made against him.

In an interview with ‘The News’ last week, Baig had criticised Ashraf calling him incompetent and dishonest following the PCB chief’s failure to fulfil the promise of implementing the Board’s constitution.

“Almost four months have passed since that deadline given by Nasim Ashraf over the implementation of the PCB constitution and it is clear that they were all false promises. He has betrayed the whole nation and it clearly shows that the man is dishonest,” Baig had said in that interview.

Ashraf reacted sharply to Baig comments and had threatened to sue the Senator. “He (Baig) has a sick mind and has now crossed all limits. I will take legal course to hold him accountable for these baseless allegations,” the PCB chief had announced in a press conference. The PCB had also announced to file a separate law suit against Baig for ‘repeatedly defaming the office of the (PCB) chairman and maligning the Board as an organisation’.

Baig said that he is yet to receive a court notice from either the PCB or its chairman.

The Senator said that he has already written to the Senate Chairman against ‘the third rate language’ used by Ashraf against him in the press conference.

“Chairman PCB ad-hoc committee has disgraced me by calling me a sick mind in a press conference,” wrote Baig in his letter to the Senate chairman which he shared with ‘The News’. “I being a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports had announced a token strike to protest against false promises made by Nasim Ashraf regarding the implementation of the PCB constitution which could not be done. This amounts to the incompetence of the chairman ad-hoc committee,” he added in the letter.

Baig said that Ashraf’s behaviour has ‘breached the privilege of a member of the Parliament’.

“I have asked the Senate Chairman to refer this case to the Senate’s Privileges Committee for necessary action,” said Baig who expects that the committee would summon Ashraf over the issue.

Baig said that he would soon write to the chairman of NA’s Public Account Committee to order an audit into the accounts of the PCB under ad-hoc rule. “I would request the PAC chairman to get the audit conducted by the Auditor General of Pakistan,” he said.

Baig alleged that Ashraf is wasting precious cricket funds by ‘appointing people of his choice on exorbitant salaries’.

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