The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was previously suspended by FIFA because of “undue third-party influence,” but FIFA opted to end the suspension on Thursday.
According to a press release from the Bureau of the FIFA Council, “the decision was made after FIFA received confirmation that the normalisation committee of the PFF had regained complete control of the PFF’s facilities and was in a position to manage its finances.”
The PFF was also warned that any meddling with its activities or actions that would prevent the normalisation committee from carrying out its mandate could result in further suspension of the PFF and/or the application of other measures outlined in the FIFA Statutes, according to the press release.
The normalisation committee’s term has been extended by the bureau until June 30, 2023, as it was highlighted that the original deadline for fulfilling its mandate was no longer feasible.
According to the FIFA, “this will allow the latter to finally carry out the obligations allocated to it in full.”
Haroon Malik, head of the PFF Normalisation Committee (NC), praised the decision as a “historic day” for Pakistani football.
In a video message, he stated, “I congratulate the entire nation and the football community on the news.”
According to Malik, the Normalisation Committee is dedicated to carrying out FIFA’s mandate and would resurrect football-related activities. He underlined how crucial it was for the national squad to compete in international events.
He stated that the PFF’s key priority would be the upcoming elections and the recovery of assets.
FIFA suspended Pakistan in April 2021 after the country’s elected NC was removed from office by a team of administrators led by Ashfaq Hussain Shah, who asserted that the Haroon Malik-led committee had not been honest about having elections.
The NC eventually returned to the PFF headquarters after handing over an eight-month plan to hold the elections following rounds of negotiations between the PSB and the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination with officials of the NC as well as the Ashfaq group and others.