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  • Pakistan rewarded after Hayat withdraws from AFC polls

    Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat’s withdrawal from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-presidency polls against his Indian counterpart Praful Patel has resulted in Pakistan being rewarded with several international tours, it emerged on Thursday...

    “Hayat’s decision to drop out of the race was to preserve the unity of the SAFF region,” PFF marketing consultant and Punjab Football Association (PFA)...

  • Hayat pulls out of AFC VP race, secures matches for Pakistan

    When Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat left for the Bahrain capital of Manama on Monday night, he was confident he would become AFC’s South zone vice-president during the Ordinary Congress of Asia’s football governing body on Thursday...

    And on Thursday morning, Hayat withdrew from the polls...

  • Pakistan will pursue developing minimum deterrence to counter threats to its security: Gen Hayat

    Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Sunday reiterated that Pakistan is a peace-loving country but would not remain oblivious to its national security needs, reported the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)...

    Gen Hayat while visiting the National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) maintained that the country will pursue a policy of developing credible minimum deterrence to...

  • RAW operating from Afghanistan to create unrest in Pakistan: Gen Zubair Hayat

    Pakistan is fully aware of the threats emanating from hostile intelligence agencies, especially Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), against the country and the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)...

    The Chairman Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee, Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, said this while speaking as the chief guest at a ceremony of the 107th Midshipmen commissioning term and 16th...

  • Hafiz Salman behind PFF House attack, alleges Hayat

    LAHORE: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat alleged former secretary Hafiz Salman Butt was behind the fracas at the secretariat of the country’s football governing body on Saturday as he condemned the attack by a rival group in the Punjab Football Association (PFA) elections...

    “The attack was arranged to sabotage the PFA elections when the entire process was going smoothly,” Hayat told reporters at a news...

  • Days after FIFA ban, Hayat faction member announces football event

    “No comment on this,” Shahid Khokhar answered when asked by Dawn why barely 48 hours after FIFA’s blanket ban on Pakistan the Faisal Saleh Hayat faction of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) felt the need to announce a football tournament...

    Khokhar is a member of the Hayat faction, which for two years despite having been given a mandate by global football governing body FIFA after a disputed election in 2015 didn’t organise a...

  • 'RAW running $500 million cell to sabotage CPEC,' says Gen Zubair Hayat

    The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, on Tuesday alleged that India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had established a cell in 2015 dedicated to sabotaging China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan...

    While addressing a seminar in Islamabad, Gen Hayat revealed that: "RAW established a new cell with a special allocation of over $500 million in 2015 to sabotage CPEC projects [in...

  • Zahir to challenge Hayat for PFF presidency

    kARACHI: Having been elected unopposed as Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president for the last two terms, Faisal Saleh Hayat is set to face his biggest challenge in this year’s election — and that too from a former ally, Syed Zahir Ali Shah...

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Football Association (KPFA) chief is all set to file his nomination papers on Tuesday for the PFF presidential elections which will be held on June 30, as he aims to...

  • Notezai backs Hayat for PFF polls

    KARACHI: Newly-elected Balochistan Football Association (BFA) president Abdul Rauf Notezai has backed incumbent Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat for the June 30 elections of Pakistan’s football governing body...

    In a brief statement, Notezai said BFA congress members “have unanimously decided to support” Hayat as PFF president “for his unmatched services rendered to the game in Pakistan”...

  • PFF’s election rules to ‘allay threats to Hayat’s fiefdom’

    KARACHI: It seems the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has quelled the threat to Faisal Saleh Hayat’s presidential hot-seat...

    Hayat’s 12-year reign as chief of the country’s football governing body was set to come under threat in June’s elections by the government-backed Capt Safdar Awan who was widely-tipped to run for PFF presidency...

  • Controversy reigns as Hayat declares Sardar Naveed PFA chief

    KARACHI: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat says the Punjab Football Association (PFA) elections were held on Friday which saw Sardar Naveed Haider Khan elected its president while the rival group claims they were never held...

    “Sardar Naveed is the PFA president after the elections were held according to FIFA and AFC statutes,” Hayat told Dawn on Saturday as controversy reigned a day after the polls were...

  • Insight: Hayat winning AFC VP polls wouldn’t be a surprise

    It was a blustery November evening in Islamabad when at a plush hotel in the capital, Faisal Saleh Hayat addressed a select group of journalists...

    The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president had just arrived in his convoy of luxury cars carrying some distinguished guests after a day excursion in Bhurban...

  • Hayat steps down in favour of Indian chief: sources

    Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Hayat was due to run for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-presidency for the South Asia Zone later on Thursday against All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel but has decided to step down in favour of his Indian counterpart, credible sources told Dawn...

    The sources, speaking in the early hours of Thursday morning from the Bahraini capital of Manama where the...

  • Hayat submits bid for fourth term as PFF president

    KARACHI: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) president Faisal Saleh Hayat on Saturday submitted his nomination papers for the upcoming elections in June as he seeks a fourth term in office...

    In his presidency manifesto, Hayat who was first elected as PFF chief in 2003 looked back on a decade of “phenomenal development of football in Pakistan”...

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