Alleged embezzlement: PHA seeks 10-year ban on ex-PHF secretary



KARACHI: Punjab Hockey Association (PHA) has asked Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to enforce Pakistan Olympic Association’s (POA) 10-year ban on former Olympian Rana Mujahid and relieve him from all his duties with immediate effect.

PHA’s decision, as per Secretary PHA Lt Col(R) Muhammad Asif Naz Khokhar, came after the POA accused Mujahid of misusing the funds granted by Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and several other governing bodies for the betterment of hockey during his tenure as secretary PHF.

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Upon receiving PHA’s request, the PHF decided to form an inquiry committee instead of obliging straightaway. “We have received their letter and recommendations but we cannot take any immediate action until all things are in clear view of the PHF,” secretary PHF Shahbaz Ahmed Senior told The Express Tribune.

“This blame game has happened before so we cannot simply rely on recommendations as allegations could be wrong,” he said adding that the committee will study the issue before giving their recommendations to the PHF president.

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“I and PHF president Brigadier (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar are in Islamabad to discuss hockey matters with the Pakistan Sports Board. Once we go back to Lahore we will form a three-member committee, which will then analyse the report given by POA and PHA,” said Shahabaz when asked when the said committee will be formed. “Discarding of the allegations levelled against Mujahid and imposing the 10-year ban are both possibilities at this moment.”

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