LHC dismisses petition for free PSL tickets

Justice Atir Mahmood holds the initial hearing of the petition and dismisses it for being non maintainable


Our Correspondent March 04, 2017
Cricket fans queue up to buy tickets for the forthcoming PSL final cricket match. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking orders from the federal government to provide free tickets to people for the PSL final in Lahore.

Justice Atir Mahmood held the initial hearing of the petition and dismissed it for being non maintainable.

Rights activist Abdullah Malik filed the plea, stating he received many calls from Lahori’ites claiming that tickets were out of the reach of ordinary citizens.

“Some people within the PCB and PSL are making a lot of money from the sale of tickets in the black market,” he stated.

Petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique claimed his client was under severe stress after learning that PSL tickets were available between Rs4,000 and Rs20,000 on the black.

He said simple pleasures such as kite flying, folk music visits to public parks and outdoor activities had become out of the reach of common people.

Abdullah stated since PSL was going to be held under the PCB, the federal and provincial governments should provide free tickets or the Punjab government should at least make an excise duty exemption.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2017.

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