PCB boss Butt accuses Army, Judiciary of land grabbing

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Islamabad, Mar.23 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt knows how to remain in news, as he has now accused the Army and judiciary of land grabbing.

Butt's shocking disclosure came during a hearing in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which was discussing an audit report, which had revealed massive financial mismanagement in the board's accounts.

Butt said that the Army officials and judges belonging to the superior judiciary have occupied PCB's land worth millions.

"They just came and started constructing their houses without any formal transfer of land and payment. No official record of land transfer was available with the revenue department," The News quoted Butt, as saying.

"Almost 18 acres of expensive land is in the use of the Army and another six has recently been grabbed by the judiciary. The land belongs to the PCB and as such we want it back. I would soon be sending a request of meeting to the Army chief and the chief justice and want to apprise them of the issue," Butt said.

Delegates present during the meeting, which was presided over by Chaudhury Nisar Ali Khan, were dismayed at Butt's claims and said the allegations were strange. However, Khan said the committee would extend all support to him to help recover the land from the two powerful institutions

During the meeting, Butt made another shocking revelation, saying he was being threatened by a Karachi based gang to hand over PCB's land worth over five billion rupees to it.

"First I was threatened and then offered money in exchange for this favour but I refused," Butt said. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 13:23 [IST]
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