ISLAMABAD - Pakistan No 1 squash player Farhan Mehboob appealed to Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman to provide justice to him and other deserving players, who were completely ignored by the incumbent senior vice president Syed Razi Nawab and secretary Amir Nawaz.

Talking to The Nation, Farhan, who was former world number 14 and top player of the country, termed Razi and Amir as biased and said: “I always suffer the worst at the hands of the PSF despite helping the country in winning all the major titles and representing the team for the last several years in a row. I helped Pakistan win all the titles at Asian level, from Asian Games to Asian Senior team titles. I remained regular member of the national team, but I was never given respect which I deserve. Th PSF completely ignored not only me, my dad, but also my brothers, who are creating waves in squash circles.

“The PSF inaugurated a so-called academy. I want to know which player has won laurels for the country more than me and Aamir Atlas Khan, why we have been giving such a rough treatment and why the PSF president didn't take notice of discrimination against the assets of the country,” he questioned.

He said Aamir was the defending Asian Senior Individual squash champion and he was number one player, but both of them were not granted exemption from so-called trials to select Pakistani players for Asian Senior Individual Championship in Kuwait and resultantly, Pakistan failed to win the title. Now on what grounds Tayyab Aslam was granted exemption from world junior trials, why dual policy is adopted by the PSF.

“Nasir Iqbal and Farhan Zaman were given central contracts worth Rs 35,000 per month, while Danish Atlas and Tayaab were granted Rs 25,000 monthly contracts and Israr, Asim Rs 20,000 monthly contracts, while the most decorated players like Aamir Atlas, Waqas Mehboob, Waqar Mehboob and I were not even considered for the contracts. I want to know why the federation is being run on self-styled policies. I would like to say this discrimination and biased attitude of the PSF is the main reason behind squash downfall in Pakistan,” he asserted.

“The PSF cleared incentives of Nasir and others, but according to their own rules and failed to clear my incentives, as I won DG Rangers, National Championship, Peshawar finals and two semifinals CNS and FMC, but the PSF was not ready to fulfill their commitment despite several assurances. I always put national interest ahead of my personal interests and always made myself available for national cause, but I always got the negative treatment,” he said.

He added: “The pick and choose policy must be stopped or the federation should be prepared for more worst results. No one can even think about getting ordinary results if they ignore top talent. It is my humble request to the PSF president to take notice of the entire issue and conduct an inquiry and culprits must be taken to task. I also took the case with vice president Qamar Zaman who assured me this matter would be resolved soon, but I am still waiting for the positive reply.”

“Faheem Gul was the same coach who had inflicted huge damages on not only national team also on Aamir Atlas when he was flying high. How a person like Faheem could be made director of national academy which clearly means the PSF lacks direction and has nothing to do with the improvement of squash and just want to oblige blue-eyed persons. I hope the PSF president will take action and provide justice to all of us on top priority basis,” Farhan concluded.