FIA releases Bhoja Air owner

Published: April 22, 2012

Farooq Bhoja was earlier taken into custody by FIA for interrogations.DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL & FAIZAN DAWOOD

KARACHI: Bhoja Air owner Farooq Bhoja, who was earlier taken into custody by Federal Investigative Agency (FIA), was released on Sunday after initial investigations, Express News reported.

Bhoja was taken into custody on April 21 after FIA started its probe into the Bhoja Air plane crash which left 121 passengers and six crew members dead.

FIA Sindh Director Muazzam Jah Ansari had said that Bhoja was not arrested but just taken into custody for interrogation. He was taken into custody from his house in the Burns Road area of Karachi.

The FIA also raided his office in the Nursery area and seized official documents for inquiry.

Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that Bhoja’s name has been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Bhoja Air plane crash

The private company’s passenger airliner crashed near Islamabad on April 20 while trying to land during a thunderstorm. All 127 people on board died during the incident.

The flight from Karachi burst into flames after coming down in fields near a village on the outskirts of capital Islamabad as it tried to land in rain and hail at the city’s international airport.

The airline officials confirmed that the Boeing 737-200 was carrying 121 passengers, including 11 children, as well as six crew.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Apr 22, 2012 - 7:34PM

    Why has Farooq Bhoja’s name bee placed onECL? I’d there any logical reason behind it?

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  • Concerned
    Apr 22, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Someone made some really quick bucks????

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  • Abid
    Apr 22, 2012 - 7:51PM

    All these tactics are also applicable on Ali Mooosa gilani as well. No finger must be pointed before impartial inquiry. Government is tryring these tactics so as to extort some money out of Bhoja . Remember its Zardari at helm of affairs.

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  • wahab
    Apr 22, 2012 - 7:54PM

    So many buses crash everyday killing many passengers!! Has it ever happened that the bus owner was arrested?

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid, Karachi, Pakistan
    Apr 22, 2012 - 8:14PM

    How much of Bhoja Airline is owned by Mr Farooq Bhoja?

    It is reported that he is a minor share holder. Who does own the airline ?

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  • Hassan Talal
    Apr 22, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Nonsense, how can the government take Mr Farooq Bhoja into custody although their own DG Civil Aviation Authority said the airplane was fit to fly and was checked by CAA at Karachi Airport? . ‘Hawai fire’ justice does not help the family affected by the tragic incident.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 22, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Money can make every thing possible.

    The next step will be that Bhoja Air after killing 127 passengers will be given fitness certificate by the authorities.

    There is nothing like justice in Pakistan.

    The rich and mighty people can make their way, by hook or by crook.

    SHABASH –

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  • Apr 22, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Why should he be arrested and released? Many accidents occur, do not know whether the government arresting the owners of the vehicles. Whether the government arrest the Minister of Railways whenever a train accident takes place?

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  • Blithe
    Apr 23, 2012 - 1:12AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    The same thing happened with Efroze Chemicals.

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:01AM

    Farooq Bhoja, another scape-goat, in another administration-related incident, to save Govt’s face?? Same has been happened in other govt. sectors.

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