IPC consults law ministry for legal opinion on Zaka’s authority to form BoGs

The Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) has opted to seek legal counsel from the Law Ministry before seeking approval from the caretaker Prime Minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, regarding the formation of the Board of Governors (BoGs) by Zaka Ashraf. 

The BoGs, constituting the electoral college, are responsible for electing the PCB chairman for a three-year term.

A comprehensive meeting on this matter occurred in Islamabad on Wednesday between Federal Minister for IPC, Fawad Hasan Fawad, and Zaka Ashraf. During the meeting, Zaka pointed out that, according to Article 38 of the PCB Constitution, the IMC had the authority to establish the BoGs. Despite Zaka’s plan to hold a crucial IMC meeting in Karachi to form the BoG, the IPC Ministry prohibited the meeting, summoning him to Islamabad for discussions.

Instead of adhering to the PCB constitution, Fawad decided to seek advice from the Law Ministry, potentially delaying the IPC Ministry’s conclusion by a week. The IMC’s three-month extended tenure is set to conclude on February 4.

If the Law Ministry advises following Article 38, Zaka may complete his tenure. However, the IPC Ministry may resist allowing him to form the BoGs, potentially leading to the formation of a new IMC after February 4. Zaka is obligated to adhere to instructions from the IPC Ministry, managing only the day-to-day workings of the PCB while major functions remain halted.