Analysis: Zaka Ashraf enjoys support in PML-N

Published: January 16, 2014
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Reinstated PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Reinstated PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

KARACHI: 

The biggest question being asked in cricket circles after the reinstatement of Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman is whether a Pakistan Peoples Party supporter like him would be acceptable to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

A careful study, however, reveals that Ashraf enjoys equally strong support in both PPP and PML-N ranks. Many of Ashraf’s close relatives enjoy key positions in the ruling party.

Zaka Ashraf’s sister Begum Ishrat Ashraf is a PML-N MNA and president of the party’s Women’s Wing. Her husband Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal is the chief of PML-N’s Punjab chapter. Their daughter Zeb Jafar is a member of the Punjab Assembly and adviser to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The newly reinstated PCB chairman also has a potential ally in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood is a close relative of Zaka Ashraf.

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Ashraf was a member of PPP’s Central Executive Committee. He has a history of hostile relations with the PML-N. He had also faulted the Punjab government for the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Cases registered against some PCB officials in the past are another reason behind the antagonistic relations between the PML-N leadership and the reinstated PCB chairman.

However, in his Wednesday’s media talk Ashraf hinted at reconciliation with the PML-N. He said that he had no differences with the government.

Sources earlier said that since Ashraf had the moral upper-hand now, he would leave the position on his own. Ashraf, however, ruled this out during his media talk.

Meanwhile, the PCB cannot delay the decision on the participation of the national team in cricket events in Bangladesh. Najam Sethi had expressed ‘half’ consent, but Ashraf may have a different inclination. It was under Ashraf’s tenure that the Bangladesh Cricket Board twice withdrew its decision of allowing their national team to visit Pakistan. Exasperated by the behaviour of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, he decided that the Pakistani cricketers would not participate in any event in Bangladesh, even the Bangladesh League.

Analysts are keenly waiting his decision on the matter. Sources pointed out that those who have enjoyed ruling the PCB may try to frustrate him. They cite the example of former chairman PCB in this regard. And now that he has won on the legal front, the way ahead seems clear for him.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • BILAL
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:58AM

    Whatever the news is, ET would always love including PTI in everything… Love you ET.

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  • Hamza
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:01AM

    Some close relative in pti..

    ET just had to attach him to pti

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  • Wali
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:12AM

    Nice… The who whole country runs as a family enterprise right from the top to the lower level.

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  • a&a
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:17PM

    so every post is for friends & family…..!!!

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  • a&a
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Poor Sathi. ……
    No family support……..????

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  • Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 3:49PM

    @a&a:
    That right, Sethi’s only claim to the position was helping rig the elections under his watch as caretaker CM.Recommend

  • fawad
    Jan 16, 2014 - 5:03PM

    Another appointment purely on ‘merit’. Your relatives having connections is considered to a strong criteria for merit.Recommend

  • ARW
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:28PM

    All these relations clearly indicates how “FREE” our judiciary is!!! RIP our justice systemRecommend

  • Usman
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:37PM

    Excellent article XPOZING everyone but y u include PTI name, don’t u know PTI is party of chacha tailor and whatnot, there are no pirs, makhdooms, sons of generals or bureaucrats in PTI.Recommend

  • Shahrukh sheikh
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:40PM

    First of all at the time attack on lankan team pmln was not in govt .. There was governor rule.. Secondly jafer iqbal is not pmln punjab head .. It is shahbaz sharif and jaffer iqbal is joint secretary of pmln punjab . Thirdly his daughter zeb jaffer is an mna not mpa and not advisor to shahbaz sharifRecommend

  • ali ahmed
    Jan 16, 2014 - 10:34PM

    he will be threatened and will be force to resign.. Recommend

  • Zohaib Ahmed
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:08AM

    Chairman Zaka Ashraf appointment is a good descion by IHC and if people are disgracing Zaka Ashraf as PCB Chairman they are disgracing Court descion…..and according to the law disgracing Courts is Known as Contempt of Courts directly or Indirectly.

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  • Rizwan Ahmed
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:17AM

    Well dear ET! why don’t you guys try to spread healthy news? to me its all normal having relations or relatives with other party members but tell you what Mr. Zaka fought this entire battle on his own through courts. why would he need political support when his case was all solid and strong.

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  • Saqlain Ali Shah
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:34AM

    I don’t know why people involve family in a part of discussion. The reinstatement is done by IHC and if we are disgracing courts its really bad. In Chairman Zaka tenure there were good things Pakistan team won many series , Pakistan Cricket team wan Asia Cup , there was a series played between Pakistan v/s India Constitution. I support Chairman Zaka and happy for his reinstatement.

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  • Quratulain Shiekh
    Jan 20, 2014 - 11:07AM

    This decision was entirely by court and has nothing to do with the family terms! Zaka Ashraf was on right and his reinstatement is proof of justice! He was elected by constitution and his reinstation is gain on the basis of constitution!

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  • Asma Naz
    Jan 20, 2014 - 11:32AM

    I am shocked on the guys who are supporting Najam Sethi, He is a Journalist and this profession suits him lot, he cant be Chairman and journalist on the same time. We like him as a Journalist not as PCB Chairman because of poor admins skills.

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  • Usman Khar
    Jan 20, 2014 - 12:17PM

    Let me correct all those who say its a relationship favoured decision! First of all it was a legal battle that Mr.Zaka fought lawfully and because he was on right and has been illicitly removed from seat! Secondly the decision is clearly and openly announced by IHC and it was all fought inside court. How came it became a favoured relationship decision I am simply stunned on this! Well I must say our media should also take note of such things before labelling someone’s repute!Recommend

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