Normalisation Committee exposed; Ashfaq Group decides they will not hand over the PFF headquarters to any one

From our correspondent

LAHORE: Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah Group on Wednesday categorically said that they are not going to hand over the control of the PFF headquarters to the FIFA-installed PFF Normalisation Committee. The group had to stick to its stance after it intercepted some audio proofs relating to the conspiracy of the internal and external actors seemingly trying to manipulate the PFF elections.

“We are not going to hand over charge to any one after such a huge disclosure. Yes we are ready to talk with FIFA and the AFC,” Ashfaq-led PFF vice-president Naveed Haider told a crowded news conference here at the PFF headquarters.

Ashfaq was also present on the occasion. Suspended in March, FIFA is expected to ratify the suspension during its Congress on Friday (tomorrow).

Naved called for action against the former FIFA Development Officer Mohsin Gilani for having allegedly sabotaged the electoral efforts as an outside manipulator with strong links in both FIFA and the AFC.

“We request the AFC to take a stern action against Mohsin Gilani. He first acted against NC chairman Humza Khan and now is against Haroon Malik, the new NC chief,” Naved said. He said that Haroon Malik cannot serve as NC chairman.

“In no way Haroon can become an NC chairman as per FIFA rules. “He is not Pakistan-based and has commercial interests. He relates with a company Z2C which organises commercial leagues,” he said.

“Haroon had come as NC chairman with a two-year mandate. He wanted to create a hung Congress, aimed to reduce departmental votes from eight to just one and wanted to give only Army the voting right,” said Naved, while referring to PFF Director Finance’s Adnan’s voice clip, saying this during his conversation with Mohsin Gilani.

Naved also urged the former PFF president and the AFC Legal Committee chairman and the AFC vice-president Faisal Saleh Hayat to take action against those who aimed to use his electronic signature. He referred an audio clip of Adnan talking to Mohsin Gilani, claiming that he has access to Faisal’s electronic signature.

Naved said that all audio and other proofs have been forwarded to FIFA and the AFC. “We are also writing to the government and will inform FIA to investigate and take action against the perpetrators,” Naved said.

“Following such a huge irregularities how we can trust the process. FIFA and AFC should talk to us,” Naved said. The audio recording clips have been retrieved from Adnan’s laptop. “The lap top is the PFF property. Its a cyber crime to record conversation of any body without his consent,” Naved said. Ashfaq said that they want fair and transparent elections and not a ‘rigged’ poll.

Ashfaq said that Rs 21 crore has been spent by the NC during the last 18 months. Ashfaq said that on May 29 they are going to hold the PFF ExCo meeting and they will make some good decisions for the betterment of football.

Meanwhile a script distributed said: “While opposing parties skew a narrative that talks about “takeover”, we have simply reclaimed the charge that was given by us to the Normalization Committee on the condition of fulfilling their mandate. We could no longer trust the NC because of the personal agendas and a complete annihilation of the football electoral process and the PFF Constitution.”.  

“Pakistan football has been in a crisis for some time at least since 2015 and we are being blamed for it. This is untrue,” it said. “In September 2019 when FIFA announced its Normalization Committee since we felt that it appeared to be fair and had an independent Chairman Hamza Khan we conditionally agreed to work with FIFA. The conditions were that the NC would work transparently to complete its primary mandate of conducting elections in a timely manner,” it said.

“From the outset we found the NC was working on a different agenda. In the beginning we felt that Hamza Khan was to blame and hence even raised complaints against him at various forums including FIFA. However, later it became clear that certain people had been misguiding him from outside or through other NC Members such as Colonel Mujahidullah Tareen,” the script added.

Ashfaq Group also circulated a number of audio clips carrying Mohsin Gilani, NC current member Haris Azmat, NC’s former member Col Mujahid, NC’s former member and acting chairman Muneer Sadhanana and a few others which have raised eyebrows.

When asked about his conversation with Mohsin Gilani Haris Azmat said before being appointed as NC member it was his right to get tips from any one before appointment. “I have taken tips for interview from over 50 people. But after appointment I have worked with integrity,” Haris said.

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