Islamabad - Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shaharyar M Khan was busy lodging a protest with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for demolishing his son’s kiosk at a time when two neighbouring countries India and Pakistan were engaged in efforts for holding a bilateral cricket series.

The series between India and Pakistan remains in limbo even after a meeting between the senior officials of both the governments this week. Cricket was not among the topics discussed among India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday; however, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan seemed under the impression that resuming cricketing ties would be on the agenda.

The CDA in a massive cleanup operation had demolished around 485 kiosks in different sectors of the capital city. The kiosk of PCB Chairman’s son, Omar Ali Khan was also among those demolished ‘without any prior notice’ which compelled Shaharyar Khan last month to write to the chairman CDA to record his protest both in the capacity of father and the chairman PCB.

A letter written by Shaharyar on the PCB letterhead and seen by The Nation said: “I am writing to protest over the unannounced demolition of my son Omar Ali Khan’s kiosk in F-7/2. This kiosk was formally sanctioned by CDA and later my son continued to pay the rent from Hot Spot to the CDA. I would like to state that the demolition squad came without any notice and demolished the kiosk.” He was of the view that ‘valuable machinery at the kiosk could have been saved’ even if short notice had been given. He believed that the decision to demolish kiosks surely applied to illegal kiosks and not to those formally sanctioned by the CDA. He said that CDA continued to accept rent from ‘Hot Spot’ for the kiosk as he talked about the legal status of his son’s kiosk.

“I feel that an inquiry by CDA for this unannounced demolition needs to be held. Also CDA should compensate ‘Hot Spot’ for the destruction of valuable machinery at the premises which could have been saved even if a short notice had been given,” he demanded.

A parliamentary committee on Wednesday last recommended the restoration of all the demolished kiosks within three days.