Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi strongly refuted the claims made by the Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) about his ‘dual’ offices. “The PCB is not a government institution and I am not in the employment of the PCB, there is no contract, no salary hence I am not a public servant”, clarified Sethi, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
As per the news published in local press, the TIP, in a letter to the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC), claimed that the PCB chairman, being a public servant, could not work for a private company.
The letter further said a government servant could not work for any private commercial company, ‘that too which is doing business with the same department, the PCB in this case’
“The post of the PCB chairman is honourary, furthermore I am not an employee of the private commercial company [Geo or Jang]. My contract is for very specific services [TV shows and articles]”, said Najam Sethi, who took over as the head of PCB, after the dismissal of Zaka Ashraf earlier this month.
“I retain full rights to carry out all kinds of businesses outside the company that includes management of magazines and book publishing companies”, added Sethi
“The TIP claim is nothing but distortion of facts”, concluded Sethi
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at the News One TV & tweets @mak_asif