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NICL case: SC issues directives for providing full protection to ADG FIA

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has issued directives for providing full protection to Zafar Qureshi, Additional Director General (ADG) FIA, head of the investigation team in NICL case. A 4-member bench of SC presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up NICL case for hearing Thursday.

During the course of hearing Additional DG FIA Zafar Qureshi told the court he was facing life threats from PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Wajahat, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Mohsin Warraich and Moonis Elahi and if he died an unnatural death then these persons would be responsible for his death. On inquiring from the CJP he told he had received threats indirectly and not directly. “I am informing the court in this respect”, he added.

Zafar Qureshi told the court he had recovered Rs 1.68 billion so far in NICL scandal. “A new account of Moonis Elahi has also been detected which is operating in UK and Rs 140 million are lying in this account” , he informed. Director FIA Moazzam Jah told the court 10 acres land was purchased at the cost of Rs 900 million while its value was about Rs 600 million. This way corruption of Rs 300 million has been committed in this deal, he said.

He told accused were outside the country and the land was purchased in Dubai, therefore, efforts were being made through diplomatic channel to arrest them. The court directed the commerce secretary to get audit of NICL conducted soon as this was an important matter besides presenting the report in this respect in the court.

SC directed Attorney General to take steps to ensure security of additional DG FIA in the wake of life threats being faced by him so that he could investigate the case independently. The hearing of the case has been adjourned for further one month. -ONLINE

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