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Inter Provincial Coordination Ministry finally wake up

Inter Provincial Coordination Ministry finally wake up from deep slump and newly appointed IPC Secretary Akbar Durrani invited Pakistan Hockey Federation President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Olympian Shahbaz Ahmed Senior for a meeting at his office on Friday.
Had former secretary Jameel Ahmed not kept on sitting on the PHF requests and series of written requests submitted to IPC secretary office regarding the grave situation federation is facing and they had to take part in Pro-League, but due to Jameel’s sheer negligence, Pakistan was banned by FIH for failing to fulfil commitment of participating in the mega event.
Brig Khokhar informed the secretary about the problems being faced by the federation, while Secretary was full of praise for Shahbaz and admired his contributions for Pakistan hockey both as player and as secretary, he lauded Shahbaz for taking back his resignation as secretary and said, “Pakistan hockey badly need a tall figure like you, who enjoy so much respect and following in the world of hockey, Akbar promised to take every possible step to help federation and hockey, he promised that government will help hockey in best possible manner, not only regarding funds, but other problems faced by the federation will also be addressed, Brig Khokhar thanked Akbar for his time and support and hoped that with practical steps taken by federation with the help of government, Pakistan hockey will soon be back where it belongs.
Akbar Durrnai also directed concerned department to immediately start lying down of Astroturf at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium, as Islamabad is the capital of the country and international could easily be held at Naseer Bunda Stadium, he asked Shahbaz Senior what was the reason behind tendering his resignation, Shahbaz while talking exclusively to 360Newsmag confirmed that Secretary IPC did ask him the reason and he was full of praise for my services for hockey, I informed him that governments attitude and lack of support resulted in my resignation, I had taken over the secretary ship to contribute towards Pakistan hockey, not to get just post, I had not taken back the resignation yet, but had to come to meet IPC Secretary, as I had lot of respect for Brig Khokhar, he had put in tremendous efforts for Pakistan hockey, he had flatly refused to accept my resignation and told me he will not take the resignation to PHF executive committee, I can’t say no to Brig Khokhar, he is fatherly figure, but it doesn’t make any sense of keeping hold to post, when I can’t deliver, previous secretary had inflicted huge damages to national cause and particularly to hockey, he was behind Pakistan is banned by FIH, as we had time and again requested Jameel Ahmed to spare some time and arrange meeting with IPC Minister and resolve funds long-standing issue, but he remained unmoved, I hope PM will take stern action against Jameel and all those, who are responsible for inviting FIH wrath.
Shahbaz further said, I had played hockey entire life and trust me, when Brig Khokhar wanted me to take over as secretary, I didn’t thought for a while and accepted the challenge, despite the fact I was aware bureaucracy will create lot of hurdles, they will not let us work for the portion of hockey, they will not allow us freedom, as they were never interested in reviving the national game.
He further said, even though I had not taken my resignation back, as until and unless PM and IPC Minister give me assurance that our hard work and sincere efforts are duly recognized, I can’t work, why should I hang on to secretary post, when I can’t work, I can’t help Pakistan hockey, take my words, Brig Khokhar is the best person to take Pakistan hockey forward, provide him funds, support him, he is very honest and dedicated person, a man of words, I had never seen such a person, who takes so much pain for sports, he had done al lot from his own resources and he deserves much better treatment, if government doesn’t want us to carry on the good work, they should inform us, we will step aside, but they should give us respect, we had earned, I am always ready to help Pakistan hockey and will take back my resignation, if government promises to address root-causes, Shahbaz concluded.

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