Hockey personnel caught gambling

President Akhtar Rasool forms three-member investigation committee.

Our Correspondent August 17, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officials and former Olympians were caught gambling in Lahore on Sunday.

According to police officials, former national players Samar Ibrahim, Danish Kaleem, Anjum Saeed, Irfan Senior, Sohail Ashraf, Rana Zaheer and Kamran Ashraf were caught red-handed by the police at a hotel in Lahore.

The police recovered Rs85 thousand in cash from Danish Kaleem, Irfan Senior, Kamran Ashraf, Anjum Saeed and Rana Zaheer. Anjum Saeed is the associate secretary of PHF, while the others have served Pakistan hockey as coaches.

The president of PHF, Akhtar Rasool, while talking to The Express Tribune, said that he has formed a three-member committee to investigate the matter.

“It is really sad to see something like this” said Rasool. “I have formed a committee which will give a detailed investigation report within 15 days.”

He further said that strict action will be taken if someone is found guilty, but if this is a false hoax then the police will be answerable for the defamation.

“People who are trying to portray a bad image of Pakistan in front of the world will have to answer to us,” he said. “I have informed this to Inspector General of Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2014.

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