Pakistan Tv (PTV) on Thursday withdrew a case in opposition to former quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar through which it had requested him to pay Rs100 million in damages and reimburse three months’ wage for violating clauses of their contract.
A lawyer for PTV informed a civil court docket in Lahore that the 2 events had reconciled their variations. He mentioned the PTV didn’t want to pursue the case additional. The court docket subsequently disposed of the swimsuit.
Akhtar was despatched a restoration discover by the broadcaster on November eight after he stop and walked off a PTV Sports activities present after being “insulted” on air by anchor Dr Nauman Niaz — who heads the PTV’s sports activities division.
The 2 had been a part of a panel for PTV Sports activities programme “Game On Hai” on October 25 together with company reminiscent of West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards, former England captain David Gower, former Pakistan ladies’s captain Sana Mir and former quick bowler Umar Gul. The panel was discussing the Pakistan-New Zealand T20 World Cup match which Pakistan received by 5 wickets.
Throughout a dialogue on the Pakistan squad, Akhtar credited the Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars franchise for locating Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
Niaz took subject with Akhtar’s feedback and mentioned: “You are being a little rude so I don’t want to say this but if you’re being over-smart then you can go. I am saying this on air.”
As soon as the present resumed after a break, Akhtar apologised to the company on the panel and introduced his resignation from PTV, saying that he couldn’t proceed with the programme due to “how I was treated on national television”.
The PTV additionally launched an inquiry into the spat and took Dr Niaz and Akhtar off-air till completion of the probe.
Days later, the broadcaster despatched a discover to Akhtar through which it acknowledged that it had been fulfilling its aspect of the commitments made in an settlement with the previous cricketer in January 2019. Nevertheless, Akhtar’s “conduct towards official requirements according to the binding clauses of referred agreement has not only been observed as casual, but a total violation of the agreement,” the discover had acknowledged.
Referring to the previous cricketer’s resignation following the on-air spat with Niaz, PTV mentioned Akhtar had violated the phrases of the settlement by not submitting a written discover three months prior. The transfer had additionally prompted “enormous monetary losses to PTV“, it added.
On the time, Akhtar had mentioned he was “utterly disappointed” by the discover and had vowed to proceed the authorized battle.
On November 5, Niaz tendered an “unconditional apology” for his conduct with Akhtar throughout a tell-all interview with journalist Rauf Klasra.
The pair lastly reconciled on November 13 after Data and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry mediated between them. The minister had invited Akhtar and Niaz to his residence and helped the pair settle their variations.