PFF congress: Hayat re-elected amid controversy

Incumbent PFF President got 14 votes out of 23 members.

July 01, 2015
"We held the election because there was no court order issued to us," PFF President Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat will continue to head the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) as president for another four years after he was elected by a two-third majority of the voters present at the PFF congress in Abbotabad’s Hotel Legrand on Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, a Lahore Court order stated that PFF elections cannot take place; however, the PFF officials went along with their plan claiming that they never received any legal notice.

The PFF elections were supervised by AFC director of member associations Sanjeevan Balasingam.

Hayat got 14 votes out of 23 members present at the Congress, meanwhile women’s committee members Saadia Shaikh, Nadia Naqvi and Fauzia Naureen were also elected along with Rubina Irfan, Sardar Naveed Haider and Khadim Ali Shah as vice-presidents of the federation.

An eight-member executive committee was also elected unopposed.

According to Hayat, his goal will be to promote football and also take people on board as long as politics is kept out of the federation.

“We held the election because there was no court order issued to us,” Hayat told The Express Tribune. “We continued with our plan and the AFC president and general secretary also congratulated me on the win. We don’t know what that court order was since it came out from the deputy attorney-general’s office, who was being a party to the opposing group anyway.”

Hayat’s current term will end on August 31, while the new term will begin on September 1.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st,  2015.

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