Hajj scam: Prime minister’s son to be quizzed

Published: February 11, 2011
FIA formally decides to interrogate PM's son after finding evidence that he allegedly received a portion of the graft.

FIA formally decides to interrogate PM's son after finding evidence that he allegedly received a portion of the graft.

ISLAMABAD: In an interesting twist to the Hajj scam, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has formally decided to interrogate Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son after they found evidence that he allegedly received a portion of the graft.

Abdul Qadir Gilani allegedly received Rs20 million from former Director-General Hajj Rao Shakil Ahmad and imported a costly vehicle from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year.

Official sources told The Express Tribune that the decision to interrogate Abdul Qadir Gilani was taken in line with the directions of the Supreme Court (SC) to FIA’s special investigation team to question him in connection with the case.

“We have formally decided to approach him with a questionnaire seeking explanation of various points being sent to him within two-three days,” a senior official said.

According to investigators probing the irregularities committed in the arrangements made for the annual pilgrimage, Abdul Qadir imported a black ‘Toyota Land Cruiser Prado’ paying Rs8.5 million as its import duty last year.

Former DG Hajj Rao Shakil Ahmad, who is already facing court trial on corruption charges, allegedly paid this money to him during import of this bulletproof vehicle, they said.

Shakil had also gifted a vehicle ‘Toyota Sequoia’ (URB5898) to Ahmad Fiaz, a principal character in the Hajj scam, which was purchased against a payment of 123,000 Saudi Riyals from M/s Abdul Jamil of Madinah Road, Jeddah, last year.

The Express Tribune also made several attempts to contact Abdul Qadir Gilani to take his version on the issue but he did not respond. However, Pakistan Peoples Party Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab and senior minister Punjab Tanvir Ashraf Kaira termed it “another attempt” to malign Prime Minister Gilani. “We will comment on the issue as FIA team presents its findings before the SC on next hearing,” they said.

Meanwhile, a civil court in Islamabad issued arrest warrants of former Religious Affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi. An FIA team headed by Hussain Asghar raided his residence in the Ministers Enclave Islamabad but he evaded the arrest,” a senior official of FIA told The Express Tribune.

Besides, FIA teams also raided the former minister’s homes in Lahore and Multan Cantonment but could not arrest him. However, FIA team took some documents into their custody.

Court judge Aslam Gondal issued his arrest warrants. The sitting religious affairs secretary Thursday informed the court that the Hajj affairs ministry has already compensated a majority of pilgrims affected by the scam in the Hajj arrangements.

Meanwhile, the court ordered the religious affairs secretary to frame a fresh transparent Hajj policy.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

    Feb 11, 2011 - 11:38AM

    Allah will investigte and Punish in HellRecommend

  • patriotic
    Feb 11, 2011 - 12:36PM

    y r these ppl so mad 4 cars ..in dubai u can get a car just if u earn 4000dh a mnth ..and keep on paying monthly instalments……wonder y ppl have made cars 2 b a status ..Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2011 - 3:48PM

    these cars will become their gallows.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Feb 11, 2011 - 6:11PM

    I am 100% sure nothing will happen to Kazmi and Qadir Gillani. People who think PM will allow anyone to arrest Kazmi are living in fool’s paradise because if Kazmi is arrested he will spill the beans and Qadir Gillani will have to face the court and that Gillani senior will never allow.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 11, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Nothing may happen to them Now, but it has been recorded and registered. Time shall come when they will be bought to answer for their deedsRecommend

  • Ijaz Raja
    Feb 12, 2011 - 12:25AM

    im waiting for Taliban or any one of other Islamic parties to direct there followers towards JIHAD against corruption ?Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Due to the activities of such person like Kazmi
    Our country,which has achieved on the name of Islam
    has become question mark before the world nation.Recommend

  • rani
    Feb 14, 2011 - 12:45PM

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