ISLAMABAD - Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) president Mohsin Ali and secretary Shakir Abbasi have lashed out at honorary chairman Abdul Mohi Shah for creating divide among sports journalists.

They also dubbed conduct of holding a meeting of non-sports elements in the name of RISJA and appointing so-called seven-member ad-hoc committee. Shakir said if Mohi Shah had the backing of majority of sports journalists then he should have tabled no-confidence and convened general council meeting, instead of inviting non-members to take an unlawful action.

The majority of RISJA members also rejected seven-member ad-hoc committee appointed by honorary chairman Abdul Mohi Shah and termed the step as highly unconstitutional.

RISJA secretary Shakir Abbasi said Mohi Shah had no authority of convening the so-called RISJA members meeting. “It is my constitutional right to request the president to convene the meeting of the association. If Mohi enjoys the backing of majority of members, he should have tabled no-confidence in general council meeting, rather than inviting non-members.

“No one has right to sabotage the RISJA unity. They are the same persons, who inflicted huge damages in the 2012 elections of the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation (PSWF) held in Karachi, which resulted against RISJA, which was thrown out of the PSWF. But now with the active efforts of elected president and secretary, not only RISJA was given full respect in the PSWF, but also its general council meeting was allocated to Islamabad,” he added.

“RISJA’s Zahid Farooq Malik was elected unopposed as PSWF secretary, which shows that the entire sports journalists associations of Pakistan pose full confidence in RISJA’s elected leadership. The arrival of world body and Asian body representatives on special invitation of RISJA to Islamabad is also a clear proof that how much elected president and secretary of RISJA enjoy respect at world level,” Shakir said.

The secretary said that unfortunately, some black sheep wanted to sabotage the entire achievements and wanted to create unwanted hurdles in smooth functioning of RISJA affairs. “They are the same persons, who, with the help of PSB officials, played spoilers role, stabbed in the back of the entire journalists’ community and blocked sports journalists’ entry into Pakistan Sports Complex which was quite astonishing and condemnable.”

He asserted that they would not only take stern action against those who were involved in bringing RISJA into dispute but also issue showcause notice to them and ensure no one could dare to harm sports journalists’ unity.

“They have made a huge mistake of appointing illegal ad-hoc committee and issued statements in a section of press without even informing elected representatives. We will not tolerate such dirty policies and safeguard the rights of the members like we had done in the past. If anyone claims the support of majority members, he should come to the general council and show their strength, or else be prepared for the consequences,” he said.

“The RISJA general council meeting will be convened on April 27 here at National Press Club (NPC) and the fate of persons involved in illegal activities will be decided,” the secretary stated.

“We have the support of active sports journalists which include Mohsin Ali (The Nation), Shakir Abbasi (Nai Baat), Shahryar Khan (Express News), Zulfiqar Baig (Daily Express), Nasir Abbas Naqvi (Daily Ausaf), Arif Mehmood (Akhbarey Khyber), Shah Khalid Khan (Abb Takk), Wafa Abbas (Sach TV), Zahid Farooq Malik (Daily Metro Watch), Shakil Awan (Daily Jang), Faisal Sahi (ATV), Asif Khan (Khyber TV), Nawaz Khan (Daily Sarkar), Rana Tanveer Javed (APP), Shafique Raja (APP), Wasim Razzaq (Waqt TV), Syed Sammer Abbas (Dawn News), Zahid Awan (Daily Dunya), Sudheer Malik (Daily Asas), Afzal Javed (Jahan Pakistan), Aamir Bashir (PTV), Zeeshan (PTV), Nasir Aslam Raja (Daily Ausaf), Mazhar Javed (Radio Pakistan), Arsalan Sherazi (PTV World), Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Kashmir Times), Sufi Haroon (Sports World), Shakir (Capital TV), Rauf Bazmi (Online), Nauman Masood (Channel 24),” Shakir concluded.