Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says “PM Imran Khan is with me” as broadcaster files legal action

Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says
Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says "PM Imran Khan is with me" as broadcaster files legal action

Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says “PM Imran Khan is with me” as broadcaster files legal action – Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that he has the support of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and his cabinet as his fallout with broadcaster PTV Sports continues. The former Pakistan fast-bowler had sensationally resigned on-air after being “insulted” by host Dr Nauman Niaz. The broadcaster has now filed a case for damages worth more than Rs103.3 million.

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Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says “PM Imran Khan is with me” as broadcaster files legal action

Speaking in Geo News programme “Jashan-e-Cricket”, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan along, with all the PTI, are on his side when it comes to his spat with Dr Nauman Niaz. Akhtar said, “From the government to the people of showbiz, everybody is standing with me because they are angry at how a national icon was insulted during a live show.” When quizzed whether PTV is taking decisions individually or is somebody backing the campaign against Akhtar, the former bowler replied that he can “confidently” say that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the cabinet is with him.

The Shoaib Akhtar PT controversy took a new turn after the state-run broadcasters filed a case, sending a recovery notice to Akhtar for damages worth Rs103.3 million for “being absent from shows during the T20 World Cup and for resigning from his position without serving a notice period.”

In response, Shoaib Akhtar said that he was “utterly disappointed” with PTV, but added that his lawyers are looking into the details of the case and that he will get back to them as “they have challenged the wrong person.” The former Pakistan fast bowler tweeted, “After miserably failing to safeguard my respect and repute while I was working for PTV, they have now sent me a recovery notice. I am a fighter & will not give up & fight this legal battle. My lawyer @SalmanKNiazi1 will take this forward according to law.”

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Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says “PM Imran Khan is with me” as broadcaster files legal action

As per reports, Shoaib Akhtar was told in the legal notice that he is liable to pay Rs3.3 million to the PTV in lieu of three months of his salary as he resigned without serving the notice period. That aside, the state broadcaster demanded Akhtar pays Rs100 million to it in damages.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had formed a committee headed by the managing director of the PTV to investigate the matter. The committee recently presented a preliminary report on the matter to the minister.

Shoaib Akhtar PTV controversy: Ex-Pakistan pacer says “PM Imran Khan is with me” as broadcaster files legal action