OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhary Wednesday issued notice to the Federal Government for November 4 to seek a reply to a petition filed against the appointment of Zaka Ashraf as chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The petition has been filed by one Tariq Asad advocate inter alia contending that Zaka Ashraf is a declared politically affiliated person and his appointment to the office of PCB chairman as such, is contrary to the rules framed by International Cricket Council (ICC) prescribing that no appointment of any kind can be made in cricket board on political basis and that all appointments will be strictly made on merit. But appointment of the incumbent chairman of the PCB has been made on political grounds. Therefore, law of International Cricket Council (ICC) should be applied to PCB as well as all others boards, the petitioner said. As interim relief, the petitioner has prayed to the court to restrain Zaka from performing duties as PCB chairman in the interest of allowing the ICC laws to take effect on his appointment. The petitioner has strongly apprehended that with the induction of Zaka as PCB chairman, the game of cricket in Pakistan is very much likely to fall prey to politics to a great loss to this game at the national and the international level. The petitioner in order to make out the point that Zaka has political backing says that Zaka is a very close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari and that their ties have been considered as the only merit for Zakas elevation to the office. Not that but the respondent also lacks requisite knowledge and expertise about the game of cricket as such his induction will go to disserve the game as well, the petitioner alleges. The petitioner has prayed to the court to strike down the appointment in question for the sake of protecting cricket as well as to enable the game become a healthy activity pure of politics, favouritism and likes and dislikes.