NICL, Hajj probes: SC order to bring back probe chiefs declined

Published: May 27, 2011

Govt ‘not ready’ to reinstate investigators as it would hurt PML-Q alliance.

LAHORE: 

The federal government is learnt to have decided not to reinstate the former lead investigator probing the multi-billion-rupee National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and Hajj corruption cases, including Zafar Qureshi, Syed Javed Bokhari and Hussain Asgher despite facing a contempt notice by the Supreme Court, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The Supreme Court had issued contempt notice to the director-general (DG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in this regard.

On Thursday, DG FIA Malik Muhammad Iqbal is learnt to have gone to the Prime Minister Secretariat, seeking the prime minister’s signature on the summaries earlier sent by the Establishment Division on the orders of the Supreme Court.

He remained more than three hours in the secretariat, but could not succeed in getting his job done, which was assigned to him by the apex court.

A senior bureaucrat is learnt to have conveyed to him on behalf of the prime minister that the government was “not ready” to reinstate Zafar Qureshi as the head of the NICL investigation team because Qureshi’s re-instatement “will harm Pakistan Peoples Party’s new alliance with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q).

The summary was not signed by the prime minister till the filing of this report.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday had given the DG FIA two days to reappoint Zafar Qureshi as the lead investigator in the NICL scandal.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary (CJP), had warned the DG FIA that he would be penalised for committing contempt of court.

The case’s hearing was adjourned till Friday May 27 (today) May.

The prime minister has also not signed other summaries related to the reappointment of Syed Javed Bokhari and Hussain Asgher. The Supreme Court had also ordered their reinstatement as officers leading the Hajj scandal investigation.

Syed Javed Bokhari, Hussain Asgher, Zafar Ahmed Qureshi and other investigators of the NICL and Hajj corruption cases reached Islamabad on Thursday afternoon for appearance in Supreme Court  on Friday.

These officers said that they had not received any notification for their reappointment.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Irfan Ahmad
    May 27, 2011 - 10:53AM

    If the PM sign the summary of re-post Zafar Qureshi as NICL investigation team head definately Chaudhries of Gujrat whos recent marriage with PPP government must be seperate (divorsed)Recommend

  • Asghar Khan
    May 27, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Chaudhry Moonis Elahi would be implicated if Zafar Qureshi returnsRecommend

  • Abdul Kareem
    May 27, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Moonis Elahi will released very soon if former chief investigator NICL scam not re-postRecommend

  • Insider
    May 27, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Abdul Qadir Gilani son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has convicted if PM sign the summaries regarding re-post of Hajj corruption probe Syed Javed Bukhari particulary Hussain Asghar,so PM is not fool to sign on death warrant of his son only future in politics and PM see in candidate for Punjab Cheif Minister’s slot in next general electionsRecommend

  • Insider
    May 27, 2011 - 11:44AM

    The small chaudhry Moonis Elahi is future of Chaudhrys and only one candidate for the seat of Punjab CM in forthcoming election but it he is convicted the ploitics of Chaudrys will be almost ended KAYA KHAYAL HAY ??Recommend

  • Nayyer ul Hassan Tirmizi
    May 27, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Irfan Ahmad @
    I agreed 100 percent with your view pointRecommend

  • Nayyer ul Hassan Tirmizi
    May 27, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Insider @
    Correct !!!!!!!Recommend

  • wowem
    May 27, 2011 - 1:37PM

    What an insidious and utterly wicked gang of crooks! The only way out is for the CJ to send all the demurring idiots behind bars and then ask the Army to ensure that the investigators carry out his orders e.g. let Zafar Qureshi proceed to unearth the tremendous corruption Moonis and Co, committed.Recommend

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