KARACHI - National Master Anwar Qureshi of Sindh, who finished runner-up in last month’s 28th National Chess Championship held here has been banned for ten years and fined Rs 100,000 by the vigilance committee for alleged match-fixing charges.

“In pursuance and continuation of the Reports of the Vigilance Committee and Inquiry Committee; duly constituted by the Organizing Committee of 28th National Chess Championship as per past practice prior to the commencement of the National Chess Championship; you have been convicted of various acts of corruption, breach of discipline and willfully involved in the breach of code of conduct,” said a statement of Chairman of the committee issued here on Thursday.  “I am surprised with the news of the ban, because I had received nothing from  Chess Federation of Pakistan,” Anwar Qureshi told APP on phone from Hyderabad when approached for his comments.

Peshawar-based CFP Secretary M Saleem Khan did not attended repeated calls made to him for his version. “How a Chairman Organizing Committee of 28th National Chess Championship can ban me without taking CFP into fold and issuing me showcause notice,” he said.