The Pakistan Football Federation and its chief Syed Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat's passion to drive the sport to a higher level has received kudos from an otherwise a highly critical sub-committee of the Senate's Standing Committee on Sports. As hockey and squash came for a thrashing at the committee, it would not be wrong to say that the PFF was the only sport to have been given thumbs up. In its recommendations after a recent meeting with the sports officials, the committee showed its satisfaction over the work being done by the PFF. There was reason for this endorsement: the PFF in recent years under Faisal has achieved quite a bit - despite a few setbacks indeed a major turnaround after long years of neglect. Its stride towards modern organisation with emphasis on youth development, introduction of women's soccer and increasing accent on professionalism are changes for the better. Over the years, since cricket established itself as predominant sport, dwarfing all others in the country in the process, in terms of attraction for youth, football has increasingly made its presence felt over the last few years for. And this year at nights during the Ramazan it was not all cricket - football too was played at various venues throughout the country. One of the steps taken by the PFF as recently as September 10 was its joint venture with Saudi Arabia's International Professional Link Group (IPLG) and UAE's Al-Nasr Club. This would help the federation make the sport professional and bring in healthy competition among the aspiring footballers. And when the PFF secretary Col (Retd) Ahmed Yar Lodhi presented its report before the Senate committee on September 23, it was acknowledged as a major step forward. The venture will help the PFF apply new ideas, and it would contribute towards developing the standard of the game in the country and exchanges of teams of all ages and genders.   "We are mobilising all resources to promote football on modern lines in the country by evolving a comprehensive activity plan," said Col. Ahmed, dubbing it is the mission of PFF president. The committee in its ten-page findings has showed satisfaction over the promotional work carried out by Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) under Faisal. Conversely, presidents of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) earned the wrath and opprobrium of the committee. The five-man committee headed by Senator Enver Baig, heard the federation's officials in three meetings inside 39 days and forwarded its recommendations to the main committee. Other members were members Senator Tariq Azim Khan, Senator Mrs. Razina Alam Khan, federal sports minister Najamuddin Khan (ex-officio member) and secretary committee Muhammad Sher Khan Baloch. Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi was also included in the composition of the sub-committee later on. Pertinent here to note was the state of affairs of the PFF before the current set of officials took charge. The situation was despondent then as financial liabilities were heavy, grassroots and domestic structure was non-existent and the infrastructure was badly destroyed. By that yardstick, given that it has been achieved in a short time of four years and a bit, the recovery is remarkable. And it is heartening that the Pakistan teams have started to produce results and the PFF's talent hunt schemes have made Pakistan create a new record in SAG football with four gold medals, and snatched sensational wins over Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Guam, Afghanistan, and even forced the Asian champion Iraq to a 0-0 draw on neutral territory. It would, however, be better if the PFF did not rest on its laurels and continue upping the standards and participation levels in order that Pakistan becomes a competitive outfit in Asia.