From our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee on Tuesday announced committees for Punjab Football Association (PFA) and Islamabad Football Association (IFA).
The decision has raised many eyebrows. Previously the committees announced for Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan had also sparked protest among the stakeholders.
Naved Akram, Mohammad Khan Malik, Rizwan Asif, Aneeq-ur-Rehman, Mohammad Moazzam Ali Khan and Shoukat Ali Khan form the six-member PFA Normalisation Commitee.
Mohammad Zaman, Syed Muqbil Hussain Naqvi and Ghulam Mujtaba are members of the IFA NC.
The former PFA president Naved Haider on Tuesday rejected the composition of PFA NC.
“I totally reject this committee as it is not neutral in any sense,” Naved told thecricketplus.com.
“The PFF NC is doing favouritism as Zahir Shah is being hugely backed. The things are heading towards disaster,” Naved said.
“I will not keep silent and will never let the NC take one-sided decisions. Even I still am not happy with the way Punjab’s genuine women footballers were denied an opportunity to represent their province in the National Women Football Championships,” Naved said.
“In every province stakeholders are unhappy as all the decisions taken so far by the NC reflect that it is paving way for the success of a particular individual,” Naved said. Naved said that its time for FIFA to take immediate notice of what is being done by its appointed NC.
“I request FIFA to take an immediate notice of what is being done by the NC. If NC was not stopped from taking one-sided steps then unlike in the past when a legal battle was between two groups this time every province and every district will be filled of legal issues,” Naved feared.
Naved also questioned the integrity of the NC.
“And another biggest issue is the integrity of the NC. It has flouted rules and regulations by recruiting staff for its secretariat without giving proper advertisements and following any standard criteria,” Naved said.
Naved also questioned that a committee should either be of five or seven members.
“How you can form a six-member committee for the PFA. It is because to accommodate its own member,” Naved questioned.
This correspondent has learnt that in the PFA NC announced on Tuesday Moazzam Ali Khan is closely associated with Hafiz Salman Butt, a former PFF secretary, who is supporting Zahir Shah. A well-connected source told ‘The News’ that Shoukat Ali Khan, also member of the PFA NC, is close to the PFF NC member and former PFF secretary Col Mujahid Tareen.
And interestingly in the Islamabad Football Association (IFA) NC both Mohammad Zaman and Syed Muqbil Hussain Naqvi were serving as vice-presidents of the last set-up of the IFA which is backing Zahir Shah.
It is pertinent to mention here that Zahir Shah is former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Football Association’s president. He is likely to be brought as the new PFF chief.
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