FIA’s top anti-graft unit ceases to exist


ISLAMABAD: A special investigation unit of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) probing into mega corruption scams was reportedly shut down on Monday.

After the unit’s— working directly under the FIA director general— closure, around 50 cases, it is working on, will be transferred to the zonal officers.

The special investigation unit was blamed of purposefully delaying the proceedings of many high-profile cases that included Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri allegedly receiving funds from abroad, the interior ministry purportedly issuing unauthorised no-objection certificates for using bulletproof vehicles and the Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan case.

Additional pending cases in the unit included the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution, the Oil and Gas Development Company, the National Insurance Company Limited among various other major organisations’ cases.

Following Ahsan Iqbal taking charge of the ministry in August this year, massive shuffling took place in the FIA.

Many of FIA’s high-profiled officials, who served under former interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, were either been transferred to other posts or their posting to other department is in the pipeline.


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