Hajj corruption scam: Kazmi to be formally indicted on Oct 15

Published: October 6, 2011

FIA releases interim charge sheet; Ahmed Faiz declared proclaimed offender. PHOTO: INP

RAWALPINDI: 

The trial court in the Hajj corruption scam has fixed October 15 as the date to formally indict the main accused, former federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, and two other officials in a bid to officially commence the trial. 

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special Judge Syed Ikhlaq Ahmed on Wednesday distributed copies of the interim charge sheet submitted by the FIA to former minister Kazmi, former director-general Hajj Rao Shakeel and former joint secretary ministry of religious affairs Raja Aftabul Islam in the court.

Furthermore, the trial court directed investigators to submit a complete investigation report by the next date of hearing and declared Ahmed Faiz, another accused, a proclaimed offender.

According to the FIA’s charges, former minister’s front man, Faiz, obtained residences for the pilgrims last year on high rates with poor facilities. The investigators alleged that Kazmi amassed assets beyond his declared sources of income and failed to satisfy the FIA investigators.

The two other officials had been accused of making poor and costly arrangements for the pilgrims and arranging residences in far-off areas in Makkah. Faiz is accused of renting out residences far away from Haram on extremely high rates and for allegedly receiving Rs180 million as kickbacks.

Investigators further said that there was a link between former minister Kazmi and Faiz, which could be proven through a recorded telephonic conversation between the two.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (6)

  • A J Khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Look at the photo. How happy he is over his performance. 180 million is good amount of money to take care of him in coming years.
    As far as religious gilt is concerned, he is not the first member of the clergy to have done so. Religion is their only business and every penny is earned from it. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:41PM

    When justice takes sooooo long it becoms suspect.Recommend

  • ajmal khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:12PM

    @A J Khan:
    no one in FIA has yet found any proof of 180 million you just mentioned…can you help them because you seem to be very confident in your comment.
    there is a possibility that his calmness is due to the fact that he knows he is innocent…
    so try to find the truth first before passing any judgement

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  • haraam khour
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:40PM

    @ajmal khan
    I agree with you – it’s a false charge against one of most revered deity of Pakistan.

    I salute him!

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  • outsider
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Let the justice system do it’s part. He will be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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  • Anonymous
    Nov 14, 2011 - 3:38PM

    hmid saeed kazmi is a innocent personRecommend

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