Delay in unlocking RISJA office noticed

ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Sports chairperson Senator Farah Aqil Shah took a strong notice of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Syed Amir Gilani’s non-compliance with the orders given by her regarding immediate unlocking of Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists (RISJA) office located in Pakistan Sports Complex. Two-member RISJA delegation led by its chairman Abdul Mohi Shah and president Mohsin Ali met Farah on Wednesday and apprised her about the prevailing situation. She assured the delegation that she would take strong notice of tactics of the DG, who promised to unlock not only RISJA office but also the rooms of the PSB employees, the rooms were unlocked on court orders, but RISJA office was not unlocked yet. She said she met with Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) secretary Chaudhry Ijaz and sought his point of view as why the orders were not implemented. The IPC secretary had assured that the issue would be resolved in next two days. “I have also asked him to be present in the next standing committee meeting along with the DG as I want to know the reasons behind such a long delay in implementing the orders.”  “I have a long list of complaints against the PSB DG and IPC secretary agreed that he had also a number of complaints against the PSB and the DG. He requested to put the meeting in the third week of January, as he needs some time to get more details,” she asserted. Farah said she would also make sure that IPC minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada should be present during the hearing, as without him, the DG could not take such a step and could not even dare to defy the orders. “I am not going to let them off the hook, as it is my responsibility to ensure smooth working of things. We are public representatives and if the IPC minister fails to satisfy the committee, I will refer the case to committee chaired by Prime Minister, with all the Chief Ministers and secretaries are the members of that committee.” “The PSB was established with a purpose of promoting sports, but unfortunately, the PSB high command is not working accordingly and creating too many hurdles for the athletes. I will make sure that justice prevail in all the departments and continue to take issues of importance at every platform,” Farah concluded. –Staff Reporter

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