to the incident.
“It is a blatant violation of rules and an act of terrorism,” Faisal told ‘The News’.
“Our senior officials and other staff members were beaten and manhandled. Is this the way to run sports?” Faisal said.
“They resorted to this after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected their petitions. Police and local administration were fully behind the occupation. Since the incident took place we have been telling police but they are not taking any action,” Faisal added.
“It does not mean that we cannot reciprocate. They have taken the game to such a level which seems absolutely repugnant,” the PFF president said.
“Sports Board Punjab (SBP), Col Farasat, Ali Noor Niazi, Rana Ashraf and Hafiz Salman Butt are actively involved in all these actions,” he alleged.
Faisal questioned how 200 armed men entered the house located at a highly sensitive area of the Punjab capital.
“It is a clear indication of the government’s involvement in these acts,” he said.
However, Faisal made it clear that the incident would not affect the June 30 PFF elections at Changla Galli.
“It will not affect the elections,” said Faisal, who will face Syed Zahir Shah in the elections.
“We will go till the end. Our three senior officials Col Ahmed Yar Lodhi, Major Mohammad Jehangir and Pervez Saeed Mir are injured. First of all, I will ask about their health and then we surely will lodge an FIR. We will seek justice. Elections are being changed into a war which is not good,” he said.
When asked whether the PFF would inform FIFA about what happened.
“There is no need to inform FIFA as they have already been monitoring the situation,” Faisal said.
Following a controversial April 17 PFA elections, PFF issued a notification on April 18 and declared Sardar Naved Haider as the new PFA president. Arshad Lodhi group challenged it in the Lahore High Court (LHC). The LHC asked Sports Board Punjab (SBP) to probe the issue. The Board, as directed, recorded statements of Arshad Lodhi Group. The other group did not respond as it was of the view that the SBP was not entitled to handle the issue. On May 13, Arshad Lodhi Group held elections in which Rana Ashraf was elected as PFA president and Mehmood Khalid as secretary.
The SBP then submitted the election result to the LHC. The PFF then went for intra-court appeal against the elections, which according to sources was rejected. The PFF filed another appeal in the same court and claims that it had decided the case in the favour of federation.
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