What was paid to media persons who covered cricket
ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Thursday that sports journalists working with different newspaper organizations and television channels were paid over $70,000 in cash apart from travelling expenses to cover the ICC cricket World Cup and other cricket series in the last three years.
The payment made in dollars if converted into rupee is around Rs6 million, which does not include expenses on air travel etc which also run into millions of rupees. This was stated by Minister for Sports Shaukatullah in a written reply to a question asked by Senator Haji Adeel of the Awami National Party.
(a) Journalists who covered ICC World Cup 2011 matches in Sri Lanka: Anisuddin Khan (The Nation) $1,500; Javed Iqbal (Aaj)TV $1,400; Danyal Hassan (Dawn TV) $1,400; Abdul Ghaffar Samaa TV (amount not mentioned); Afzaal Ahmed (Khabrain) $1,400, Sanaullah Khan (Duniya TV) $1,400, Ihtashamul Haq (Channel 5) $1,400, Faheem Anwar (Nawa-e-Waqt) $1,400, Zulfiqar Baig (Daily Express) $1,400, Ijaz Khan (APP) $1,000, Shams Pervaiz $1,400, Ashraf Nadeem (Nawa-e-Waqt) $1,000 and Tariq Hussain (Express TV) amount not mentioned.
Pak Tour of New Zealand, January-February 2010: Saleem Khaliq (Daily Express) $1,500, Aqeel Ahmad (Aaj) TV $1,500, Rao Khalid (Dunya TV) $1,500 and Ali Hashmi (Samaa TV) $1,500.
(b) Journalists who covered Pakistan Vs South Africa in Dubai, November-December 2010: Yousaf Anjum (Express TV) $700, Ehsan Qureshi (APP) $2,700, Abbas Shabbir (Aaj TV) $2,700, Ashraf Chaudhry (Nawa-e-Waqt) $1,150, Ijaz Shaikh (Daily Ausaf), Gabriel Desuza (The News) $1,000 and Rashid Siddiqui (Daily Express) $800.
(C) Pakistan Tour to England, September 2010 (journalists got $1,000 each): Mohammad Ali (Daily Times), Ihtashamul Haq (Channel 5), Tariq Saeed (Daily Aaj Kal), Aqeel Ahmed (Aaj TV), Abid Malik (Geo TV) and Ishaq Baloch (Nawa-e-Waqt).
(d) Canada Tournament, October 2008 (journalists received $1,000); Syed Azhar Ali Shahid (ANN), Saleem Khaliq (Daily Express), Shaikh Zulqarnain (ARY TV), Sohail Ali (APP), Sohail Imran (Geo TV), Mohammad Ali (Daily Times), Shafiq Chohan (NNI), Zahid Maqsood (Express TV), Yousuf Anjum (Daily Express), Abdul Majid Bhatti (Daily Jang), Shakeel Awan (Daily Jang), Fawad Hussain (Dawn News), Ehsan Qureshi (APP), Amjad Aziz Malik (Geo TV) and Afzal Javed (Online).
(e) Pakistan Academy Team for Kenya, September 2008 (journalists received $1,000 each): Farooq Ahmed (APP), Qayyum Zahid (Online), Farrukh Butt (Royal TV), Zahid Yaqoob Khawaja (NNI), Mansoor Ali Khan (CNBC), Ijaz Shaikh (News One TV), Khalid Hussain (The News) and Anisuddin Khan (The Nation).
(f) Tri-series in Bangladesh, June 2008 (journalists received $1,000 each): Ashraf Chaudhry (Nawa-e-Waqt), Afzaal Ahmed (Daily Khabrain), Nabil Bin Anwar (Daily Pakistan), Asher Butt (The Nation), Khurram Shahzad (Samaa TV), Shakeel Awan (Daily Jang), Mehmood Riaz (Samaa TV), Bilal Hussain (PPI) and Shahabuddin (Daily Aaj).
Source: The News