Ali Haider’s supporters storm PFF HouseArchive
LAHORE: Ugly scenes on Saturday were witnessed in the lead-up to the upcoming Punjab Football Association (PFA) elections with a group of people forcibly entering into the PFF House which supervises elections of the provincial football body scheduled to be held on April 17.
Around 200 supporters of Ali Haider Noor Khan Niazi, a candidate for the post of PFA president, entered the PFF House where they were pushing the elections commissioner for the PFA to approve the nomination papers of Ali Haider, a government-backed candidate.
Election Commissioner Nayyer Hyder, who happens to be the brother-in-law of PFF president Faisal Saleh Hayat, has rejected the nomination papers of Ali Haider objecting that he is not eligible since he has not been associated with the game of football which is necessary to contest the elections.
No loss to the property was reported as four police vans were called to clear the PFF House of the mob with the PFF filing a complaint before the police asking for registering a case. It is instructive to note that nomination papers submitted by incumbent PFA president Arshad Khan Lodhi and Sardar Naveed have been accepted and now they are the remaining two candidates.
Meanwhile, a PFF spokesman said that the federation was trying to hold elections in a transparent manner but Ali Haider and his supporters created ugly scenes threatening the election commissioner.
He said all candidates are bound to follow all rules and regulations drafted by the election commissioner, according to which, no one could move the court against the elections. Former PFF secretary Hafiz Salman Butt was also with Ali Haider’s group when the incident happened.
Meanwhile, Ali Haider said he would move the court, for the election commissioner was brother-in-law of PFF president due to which he was biased against him.
Published in Dawn, April 12th, 2015
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