PFF NC forms provincial committees, decision faces stiff reaction

From our correspondent

KARACHI: FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee for Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on Monday announced Normalisation Committees for three provinces whose composition has raised many eyebrows.

According to various sources the PFF NC has continued showing biased attitude and is quite one-sided, favouring only a particular group.

Sources said the composition of all the three provincial committees announced for Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lacks neutrality and it will spark a great reaction from the stakeholders in these provinces. And quite interestingly KP Football Association’s former secretary Basit Kamal has been put in the KP NC. Azmatullah, Ijaz Khan, Mohammad Saeed and Mohammad Imran are the other members of the KP FA’s NC. KP FA’s former president Syed Zahir Shah heads a group and is morely likely to be the candidate for the PFF’s presidency in the elections which will be conducted by the PFF NC as per FIFA’s instructions.

And that is the main reason that Basit’s appointment in the KP NC has sparked reaction.

“I had been appointed by the PFF in 2012 as KP secretary. And when Zahir Shah’s relations with former PFF chief Faisal Saleh Hayat got soared I kept sending teams of KP to various events,” Basit told on Monday.

“I will keep playing a neutral role as member of the KP NC,” said Basit, also an NBP former footballer.

Similarly, Sindh Football Association NC consists of Khwaja Obaid Ilyas, Khurram K Jamali, Qasim Jamal, Mohammad Danish and Najaf Iqbal Hussain.

An official of the outgoing Sindh Football Association (SFA) told The News on condition of anonimity that he knows only Danish, who has been named as member of the Sindh FA’s NC. Danish is close friend of District South FA’s patron Nasir Karim, who also deals marketing for the association. Nasir Karim was the ExCo member of the Ashfaq-led PFF,” the official said.

Nasir Karim, meanwhile, told The News that Danish was associated with his association as marketing representative almost a year ago.

When he was asked Danish was also his friend, Nasir said: All are our friends.”

Meanwhile Abdul Manan, Sardar Mohammad, Adil Kausar, Ali Ahmed and Sohail Ahmed have been announced as members of the Balochistan FA NC.

Commenting on the composition of the provincial committees former Punjab Football Association (PFA) president Naved Haider said: “Its totally biased decision and against FIFA rules.” “With this huge problems will be created in provinces,” Naved feared.

The PFF NC said that with the formation of provincial NC’s all the previous associations stand dissolved now.

“FIFA had set up the PFF NC with effect from September 17, 2019, As of that date all provincial, regional and distrcict football associations had accordingly ceased to exist. However certain provincial associations have continued to operate and in some cases have taken decisions in violation of the PFF NC directives (in relation to which disciplinary action will separately be initiated. This is to confirm that all provincial, regional and district associations stand dissolved,” the PFF NC said.

“With effect from the date of this directive all the matters relating to football affairs and elections in their respective provinces and regions will be managed by the provincial/regional NCs,” it further added.

“Members of the remaining provincial/regional FAs will be announced in due course. But it is reiterated that all previous provincial and regional associations stand dissolved,” the PFF NC said.

“The chairmen and secretaries of the dissolved bodies should hand over all records including date of the clubs, bank accounts, statements, cheque books, records to goal projects and all relevant records to the respective provincial/regional NCs lattest by February 19, 2020,” PFF NC press release said.

“The secretaries of the provincial/regional FAs who should also have previously ceased to act will in any event also cease to act as such and the provincial/regional NCs may appoint secretaries on the their discretion,” the release said.

The PFF NC has also appointed Manizeh Zainli as Secretary General with immediate effect. “Ms Zainli has 15-year of experience in top management,” the PFF NC release said.

However it added that Haris Jamil Alam will continue in his role as Deputy Secretary General.

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