LAHORE – Model Town Police booked several officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on charges of constructing a boundary wall on illegal piece of land on Saturday.

According to police investigators, some workers of the PCB were constructing a boundary wall around the Qaddafi Stadium when officials of the Town Administration reached there and asked them to leave work there. The Town Administration pleaded that the wall was being constructed on the land, which belongs to the administration. Police after being informed reached the spot and inquired about the matter.

The PCB officials maintained that no country would send it cricket team to Pakistan especially to play at the Qaddafi Stadium because of lack of security arrangements. They also informed the police teams that the PCB administration had court orders with regard to the ongoing construction. However, the Town Administration officials said that the land belongs to the administration and construction by the PCB was illegal. Later, police registered an FIR (763/12) under sections 506, 186, 148 and 353 of Pakistan Penal Code against some PCB officials on the statement of Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Adnan Hafeez.

Insiders, however, claimed the Gulberg police were incriminating the PCB officials, as an ASP (under-training) was asked to avoid enjoying ‘morning walk’ on turf laid by the PCB officials.

The PCB officials believe that the same ASP was manipulating the situation and harassing the PCB administration. However, no one was arrested till filing of this report. Further investigation is underway.