Moin Khan arrives in Karachi following casino controversy

Published: February 26, 2015
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Petitioner, Advocate Saeed Zafar, says Moin brought a bad name to Pakistan by visiting a casino in Australia. PHOTO: AFP

Petitioner, Advocate Saeed Zafar, says Moin brought a bad name to Pakistan by visiting a casino in Australia. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Chief selector of the national team Moin Khan returned to Karachi on Thursday after the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to call him back from Australia over his controversial visit to a casino while on tour.

As a group of youngsters waited at the main exit of the Karachi international airport with banners against him, the former Pakistan captain slipped away in a waiting car.

But the ordeal was not over for him. Security had to be deployed at his house where angry protesters had started to gather.

“We have deployed some police at Moin’s residence for security reasons as people were causing disturbances,” said senior police official Tariq Dharejo.

Moin, who was accompanying Pakistan for the World Cup in capacity of the touring selection committee head, was seen at a Christchurch casino before Pakistan team’s World Cup match against the West Indies.

The PCB said its chairman would meet Moin on Friday to hear his side of the story.

Read: After casino appearance, PCB recalls Moin Khan

Earlier on Thursday, a local court in Lahore issued a notice to station house officer Islampura for failing to register a First Information Report (FIR) against national chief selector Moin Khan for visiting a casino.

The court sought a reply from the house officer in this regard.

The petitioner, Advocate Saeed Zafar, said Moin has brought a bad name to Pakistan by visiting a casino. “The team lost because of him,” he added.

Zafar further said that instead of taking action against him, Pakistan Cricket Board is defending him.

He requested the court to direct the police to register FIR against Moin soon.

The national chief selector issued an apology statement on February 26.

Read: Moin apologises for casino visit

The 43-year-old was called back on immediate basis to clarify his position in front of the board’s top brass and public.

Moin claimed that he had gone to Christchurch’s casino along with his wife for a dinner hosted by a friend, but his visit right before Pakistan’s match has received severe criticism.

“I had gone to a casino in Christchurch with friends and family to have dinner. On hindsight, the choice of venue for dinner was indeed inappropriate, which has, and rightly so, offended the public in Pakistan as well as cricket fans,” said Moin in his statement.

Before the team had departed for the World Cup, the PCB was criticised by the cricketing fraternity for sending Moin with the team as only the management is allowed to decide selections among them.

“I have already explained my position to the PCB chairman and have apologised to him. He has asked me to return home to further clarify my position in person, which I have readily accepted,” he said.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Feb 26, 2015 - 11:54AM

    We are champions in making a controversy out of nothing! Grow up fellow countrymen. He’s a free grown up person and has the right to go wherever he wishes. Whether he should have been in Australia with the team is however a separate issue.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 26, 2015 - 12:03PM

    What a waste of time and money…….Recommend

  • Hadi
    Feb 26, 2015 - 12:39PM

    With all those terrorism cases still waiting to be heard, our courts admit this petition and then the legal ferternity wonders why people have lost trust in them. Recommend

  • Sara
    Feb 26, 2015 - 12:59PM

    Well, we have all the time in the world to do stupid things. We should be proud to filing the most stupid cases of all time. We should get an oscar for this oneRecommend

  • YAS
    Feb 26, 2015 - 1:13PM

    He has done nothing illegal, waster of time and money. Media is alone reasponsible for making controversy out of nothingRecommend

  • Sham
    Feb 26, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Pakistan makes me laugh …:)Recommend

  • Nadir
    Feb 26, 2015 - 2:21PM

    Indeed, this is what is bringing Pakistan a bad name…especially since no one apart from Pakistanis know or care about this. Recommend

  • TooTrue
    Feb 26, 2015 - 3:20PM

    What standing does this person have to initiate a case? Can we make Pakistan a bigger laughing stock than it already is? The matter’s between this man and his employers. If he’s broken an employment rule then it’s up to his employer to deal with it. This is not a criminal or even a civil matter for either the police or the judiciary to get involved in. Evolve Pakistani society – it’s high time. Recommend

  • Aiman
    Feb 26, 2015 - 3:21PM

    I sometime wonder what these High Court notices are worth and why people go to court to get one.Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 26, 2015 - 4:27PM

    How this brings a bad name ? Total wastage of time …
    He went to Casino this is his personal matter, it is very irresponsible of media to keep reporting bad about Moin and family. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 26, 2015 - 4:32PM

    There is no limit to silliness.Recommend

  • Dilip
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:08PM

    Is going to a Casino a criminal offence ? Is it in the statute book ? Why harass a person who apologised to the nation ? Recommend

  • JB
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:27PM

    Wow! All this over a dinner…Recommend

  • waqar zaidi
    Feb 26, 2015 - 6:04PM

    If going to a ‘bad’ den of iniquity and corruption was any crime, anyone who goes to Darul Khilafa e Munafiqat, otherwise called Islamabad should also have a criminal case registered against him or her!Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 26, 2015 - 7:20PM

    @Shahid:
    What a pseudo -liberal mindset, at least think that he is chief selector of cricket team and had gone casino, a place notorious for “joya game” and his team is playing mega event of world cup, i found your recommender making fun of youRecommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 26, 2015 - 9:23PM

    As expected no action would be taken against him

    Why should there be any action against any culprit who makes this country a laughing stock and is involved in corruption

    After all this is corruption republic of Pakistan Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 27, 2015 - 3:42AM

    A Pakistani going to casino should bring good name to Pakistan as it shows Pakistanis have normal interests like everybody else in the world. The common impression is Pakistanis only interested in Jihad.Recommend

  • ahmed abbas
    Feb 27, 2015 - 3:03PM

    Some casinos are known for serving exceptional food and many people go to just eat there.It is not a cardinal sin to visit a casino.In London, in the summer the casinos are swarming with Pakistanis even some of the people now lambasting Moin Khan.Munafiqat runs deep hereRecommend

  • Tariq Bhatty
    Mar 6, 2015 - 5:15AM

    Bsngladesh recalled their bowler for breaking a curfew.,Pakistan just fined the players for breaking the curfew.
    I think Moin made a wrong decision by visiting a casino for dinner , knowing he is representing Pakistan.
    A simple apology is not enough. We need to look deeper. Recommend

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