ISLAMABAD – Two-month time given to all federations to implement Supreme Court (SC) verdict on two-time terms, said Inter Provincial Coordination Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani at a press conference on Thursday after meeting with the representatives of the federations.
IPC Minister Malik Azmat and IPC Secretary Anees Ul Hasnain Moosvi along with Pakistan Sports Board Director General (Tech & Training) Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera were also present on the occasion.
Talking on the occasion, Bijrani said: “We after consultations with the representatives of the federations in a special meeting called in to discuss ways in implementing the Supreme Court verdict in true letter and sprit and after hearing, views from both sides decided to give them a time of two months to made necessary amendments in their respective constitutions and implement SC verdict regarding two-terms.”
“We have also formed a four-member committee comprising two PSB DGs, legal advisor and Deputy Secretary IPC on federations reservations on PSB rules in 4/11 and 4-IIA and the committee will submit their report as we don’t want to interference in the federations’ affairs but we just want to facilitate them as we don’t have the authority to implement decisions,” he added.
He said all the affiliated federations with Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) must implement SC orders within two months otherwise they would stand trial for contempt of court.
Replying a question regarding Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) as they are not affiliated with PSB and the SC had clearly mentioned the verdict doesn’t apply on the POA, Bijrani said: “We will implement SC verdict on those federations only who are affiliated with the PSB, as far as the POA is concerned, they don’t fall in this category but we will decide in principal regarding non-affiliated federations are concerned.”
“We tried to implement the PSB rules which were made in 2005 in which a person can’t hold same office thrice but the federations took stay from Lahore High Court. We went to Supreme Court and the SC upheld our stance, so we want to implement SC verdict as early as possible. SC had not given us any time frame regarding implementation of orders but we with consultations with all the federations who were present during the meeting decided to give two-month time to federations so they could make amendments if required to implement SC orders,” he said.
“IOC had written us a letter showing their concerns and warned us Pakistan could be banned from taking part in the international sports. We have sent Joint Secretary for consultations with IOC and made clear our point of view that we can’t plunge country in to international sporting isolation,” Bijrani added.
When this scribe questioned that PSB is just buying time to insure Pakistan’s participation in the London Olympics and after that they would appoint an ad hoc body on POA, the minister completely ruled out this and said: “We just want to give a time frame to all the federations so they can implement SC orders.”
To another query related to appointment of two DGs in the PSB which is sheer violation of the constitution, the minister said: “This is a separate issue and we will discuss this later on.”