IPL controversy: Plea for ban on Indian films disposed of
LAHORE: Justice Waqar Hasan Mir of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday disposed of a petition seeking ban on exhibition of Indian films in Pakistan in protest against exclusion of Pakistani cricketers from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The judge directed the petitioner to approach the authorities concerned for the redress of his grievance.
Justice Mir observed: “It’s a blessing in disguise that the Pakistani cricketers were not selected in the IPL considering the pathetic performance by the national team during its recent matches in Australia.”
Muhammad Husain, who filed the petition through his counsel Ishtiaq Ahmad Chaudhry, contended that Pakistan was the world champion in T-20 cricket tournament, but ironically none of its players was selected for any IPL team as the owners of all teams intentionally stayed away from giving bid for them.
The petitioner said this act caused great humiliation not only to the players but also to the whole nation. He said the Indian films were being exhibited throughout the country.
He said the Pakistan government should also hold a cricket league on the pattern of the IPL so that Pakistani cricketers and fans could get some relief. He had requested the court to ban exhibition of Indian films till its government seeks a public apology over humiliation of Pakistani cricketers and nation.