World football’s governing body FIFA on Thursday decided to lift the suspension from the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), which was imposed last year for “unwarranted third party interference”.
A press release issued by the Bureau of the FIFA Council said, “The decision was taken after FIFA has received confirmation that the PFF’s Normalization Committee has gained full control of the PFF’s premises and the ability to manage its finances.” is in position.”
“The PFF was also informed that any undue interference in its affairs or action that may preclude the fulfillment of the mandate of the Normalization Committee, may result in the PFF being re-suspended and/or as provided in the FIFA Statutes.” Other restrictions imposed may be enforced,” the press release said.
It added that the deadline (today), by which the Normalization Committee was required to fulfill its mandate, was no longer realistic, so the Bureau decided to extend the committee’s mandate to June 30, 2023.
“This will enable the latter to carry out the tasks assigned to him,” FIFA said.
Meanwhile, PFF Normalization Committee (NC) chairman Haroon Malik described the decision as a “historic day” for Pakistani football.
“I congratulate the entire nation and the football community on this news,” he said in a video message.
Malik said the Normalization Committee is committed to fulfilling FIFA’s mandate and will revive football activities, as well as ensure the national team’s participation in international competitions.
He said moving towards elections and recovery of assets would also be among the top priorities of the PFF.
Pakistan was suspended by FIFA in April 2021 after the NC was deposed by a group of officials led by Ashfaq Hussain Shah, who claimed that the Haroon Malik-led committee was about to hold elections. I was not honest.
A round of talks between the Nation World News and the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination with NC officials, as well as the Ashfaq Group and others, eventually saw the NC return to the PFF headquarters after being handed an eight-month roadmap for holding elections.