Strong political backing helps PHF secretary Bajwa escape action over World Cup fiasco

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Islamabad, Apr.23 (ANI): Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Asif Bajwa seems to have escaped action over his alleged violation of code of conduct, as Sports Minister Aijaz Jakhrani has said that action against him would only be taken after he is found guilty.

Jakhrani said he is unable to take action against the PHF secretary unless charges against him are proved.

"After considering all the aspects during a meeting with other Ministry officials, I came to the conclusion that the government cannot take action against PHF secretary merely on the team's poor performance," The News quoted Jakhrani, as saying.

Bajwa was blamed for Pakistan's humiliating last place finish in last month's Hockey World Cup in New Delhi, and demands for his removal were raised from all circles, however, insiders said that Bajwa's strong political backing saved him from any action.

According to the sources, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) from Sialkot influenced the Sports Ministry's decision and asked it to give Bajwa a 'new lease of life'.

"That particular MNA requested the decision makers to spare him," sources said.

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