LAHORE, Dec 6 (APP): Pakistan Hockey Federation has taken serious
note of a news item, attributed to its secretary, Shahbaz Ahmad,
appearing in a section of the press, regarding congratulatory messages
sent to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Hockey Association officials.

The PHF strongly denies that Shahbaz Ahmad sent any congratulatory
message to Saeed Khan, Capt (rtd) Tariq Hayat and Zahir Shah for
organising the PHF Inter-Club Competition’s rounds in KPK, said a
spokesman for PHF, here on Tuesday.

The message also states that the PHF only recognises the provincial
round of the PHF Inter Club competition held recently at the Mardan
Sports Complex as its genuine event.

The federation is grateful to Mahmood Khan, KPK’s Minister for
Sports & Culture, the chief guest at the final of the Provincial Inter
Club round in Mardan, as well as KPK Olympic Association’s Vice President  Wisal Khan, its Secretary General, Zulfiqar Butt and the provincial DG Sports for attending the event, he added.