ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued a notice to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Wajid Zia on a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Zia and other officials for raiding its secretariat in Lahore.
Last week, an FIA team had conducted a raid on PML-N’s central secretariat in Lahore’s Model Town in connection with former accountability court judge Arshad Malik’s video case. According to the party’s Deputy Secretary General Attaullah Tarar, the four-member team seized a computer hard drive which contained data related to the party’s internal matters.
However, a source said at the time the purpose of the raid was “to confiscate material related to the case”.
A single-member bench, comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, on Thursday heard the PML-N petition, which was filed by Advocate Jahangir Jadoon. The petitioner complained to the judge that FIA has been harassing the party despite a court order, restraining the Agency from “harassing the party”.
Jadoon said that the FIA official, Ijaz Shaikh, who headed the raiding team is nominated in a police FIR against him. Shaikh is currently investigating the aforesaid case.
Following Jadoon’s accusations, the court directed FIA DG Wajid Zia to submit his response on the petition. The judge also summoned Ijaz Shaikh to appear in person at the next hearing.
Later on, Justice Minallah directed the FIA officials to submit their written response before the next hearing and adjourned the session for two weeks.