LAHORE A Supreme Court Division Bench Wednesday partly heard appeal of former adviser to the Prime Minister Zahid Bashir against his removal as Director Marketing and Media, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The Bench of Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani and Justice Mian Saqib Nisar last day heard Malik Muhammad Qayyum advocate for the petitioner and Talib Haider Rizvi for the PCB in the context that whether office of the petitioner was of a civil servant entitling him to the relief by Service Tribunal in terms of Article 212 (a) of the Constitution or as contractual appointee his service was to be governed by the master-servant relation open to termination at the violation of the contract. Zahid Bashir, who previously served adviser to the Prime Minister, was terminated as Director Marketing the Media during the tenure of PCB Chairman Shaharyar Ahmad in 2003. He moved the Service Tribunal to question his termination but he was non-suited on the ground that he was not a civil servant in the meaning of law. Malik Qayyum pleaded that his client was serving as regular employee of the Board for this purpose even General Tauqeer Zia, former Chairman PCB, gave an affidavit in his favour. He said the status of the petitioner was of corporation employees with job being regulated by a statute, RPO, entitling him to agitate his termination matter before the Federal Service Tribunal. Mr Rizvi however contended that they were not the statutory rules but department ones which governed the contractual service of the appellant as such his case did not merit hearing by the Tribunal. He cited two SC cases in his support. Mr Qayyum however argued that his client was a regular employee as such he was outside the purview of the quoted SC decisions. The appellant counsel sought time to substantiate this point. The court adjourning the case to next month, required to the counsel to also argue on the next date, what statutory rules are in the instant case as two mechanisms have been set, one that federal government itself frames and the other, it allows the provincial government to do it.