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Imran Khan criticises reinstated cricket chief for vote rigging

Published on Feb 11, 2014 11:15 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan on Tuesday lashed out at the country's newly reappointed cricket chief, alleging he was being rewarded for helping the ruling party commit fraud in last year's general elections.

Mr Najam Sethi, a prominent journalist who was also appointed as interim chief minister of the Punjab province during last year's election campaign, was reinstated as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman on Monday by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

His predecessor Zaka Ashraf was removed on charges of not running the board properly.

But Mr Khan said that Mr Sethi was being rewarded for helping to rig the result of the May elections, in which his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) party won 35 of the 272 seats in the national Parliament.

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