Jurisdiction Question: Ombudsman And Finance Department Lock Horns

Form guide Pakistan LLLDD (last five matches, most recent first) Zimbabwe LWLLL Players to watch Tino Mawoyo is back in contention after recovering from a groin injury that kept him out for five months. In their last four Tests, Zimbabwe have tried several opening combinations, with Vusi Sibanda, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Regis Chakabva and Mawoyo all trying out. Still, they've managed only one score above forty, and no half-century stand. In Harare, Mawoyo is very likely to feature as opener, given his relative success against Pakistan - in 2011 he scored a gritty, unbeaten 163 against them to become only the third Zimbabwe player to carry his bat. That's exactly the kind of fight Zimbabwe will be looking for First Financial in Harare. It goes without saying that Zimbabwe will be challenged by Pakistan's spinners. However, with the conditions expected to offer the pacers a little bit of help in the mornings, Junaid Khan 's swing could be just as lethal as Saeed Ajmal's doosra. He had missed the second and third Tests of the South Africa series with a skin ailment, and will be keen to get back to the long format and improve on his promising start in Tests: he has 29 wickets in nine matches at 28.17, made all the more impressive by the fact that a chunk of his matches have come on the unresponsive UAE tracks. Team news Pakistan will take a call on Hafeez only on the morning of the match. It is very likely that he will be ready but if he doesn't play, Azhar Ali and the recalled Khurram Manzoor - who was brought into the squad after Imran Farhat opted out for personal reasons - are likely to open.

The department further observed that under Section 9(1) (a) of the law, the ombudsman could not investigate any issue that was being heard in a court of competent jurisdiction. The matter, it said, was before the Supreme Court of Pakistan after it granted leave to appeal for reconsideration in the light of the Punjab governments stance. The department said that the ombudsman was barred from inquiring into any matter pertaining to the terms and conditions of services. As the issue of pensions fell in that domain, it fell outside the ombudsmans jurisdiction. Such matters were exclusively dealt with by the Punjab Services Tribunal. According to the department, the ombudsman could only investigate and inquire into matters pertaining to maladministration by departments and government agencies. Any action on the issue of pensions should be taken up in court. The Finance Department maintained that no malpractice was indicated in the matter.

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