Hajj scam: Kazmi sent on 5-day remand

Published: March 17, 2011
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FIA officials take Kazmi to be presented in court. PHOTO: PPI

FIA officials take Kazmi to be presented in court. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: 

Former minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi was handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on a five-day physical remand on Wednesday, for his alleged involvement in the multi-million-rupee Hajj scam.

Kazmi was produced before the court of Senior Civil Judge Muhammad Aslam Gondal. The court sent him on a physical remand and directed that he be produced before the court on March 21.

During the hearing, Assistant Director (legal) Khalid Naeem Butt requested the court for a 14-day physical remand for Kazmi. Butt told the court that the special court had rejected his pre-arrest application and the FIA wanted his physical remand for further investigation in the case.

He said that they had already presented evidence before the special court in Rawalpindi, which showed that Kazmi was involved in the Hajj scam.

Butt added that Kazmi had close links with Ahmed Faiz, a building supervisor in Saudi Arabia, who is the main accused in the case and had allegedly been working on Kazmi’s directions.

The director said that Kazmi also had foreign accounts by which he had made transactions that indicate his involvement in the Hajj corruption case.

Defence counsel Malik Jawad Khalid was not present before the court, but Kazmi said that from day one, he had cooperated with the investigators. “I am surprised by yesterday’s decision of the court to reject my pre-arrest application,” he said. He told the court that he had been falsely implicated and pleaded innocence. Justifying the 314 canals of land he owns in Multan, Kazmi said that it was a gift given to him.

On Tuesday, the FIA had arrested the former minister after the special court rejected his pre-arrest application. Earlier, on February 21, the court had granted him interim bail and directed the FIA to submit a complete record before the court. A case was registered against Kazmi under sections 409, 403, 404 and 109 of the Criminal Procedure Court for his alleged involvement in the scam.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2011.


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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 16, 2011 - 2:23PM

    It will be truly remarkable if all those involved in Hajj corruption are caught and then sentenced to be hanged right in front of their respective offices, as an example to others. Should the President decide to Pardon the guilty then the SC should adjudicate on the Constitution’s provisions and delete accordingly the powers to grant Pardon. Recommend

  • bunny
    Mar 16, 2011 - 3:21PM

    few peoples like him has ruined the image of islam and a lightened face with beard….this guy should be put behind the bars and must bring all the names ot the tableRecommend

  • imran
    Mar 16, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Thanks Almighty Allah that this cheat is behind the bars. I hope he gets examplary punishment beside others who are involed in this shameful act of lust for money even if you have to rob pilgrims who saved their pennies for this sacred duty “HAJ”Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 16, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Kazmi sb, I will again urge you to speak your heart out to name all the involved people- that might lessen your punishment on the day of judgementRecommend

  • bunny
    Mar 16, 2011 - 3:57PM

    SK do you think he would be scared of day of judgement when he was doing such thing in Hajj….come on they does not have any fear….well one more thing send sms aur also in urdu…english may be difficult for him…..Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 16, 2011 - 4:27PM

    @Bunny, I could agree that he might not have that fear at that time but I would think that events of past month or two would have made him look in the mirror- I hope….Recommend

  • bunny
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:14PM

    SK …Well i hope as well but i think he must be thinking of living alive….after giving the name out….isnt it SK…so if he do so then he will help the nationRecommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:15PM

    And what will happen to him? He will be fed Halwa and fattened up some more.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:27PM

    Documentary evidence is essential for conviction and sentence,
    mere verbal statements of witnesses is not enough to awarding punishment.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 6:52PM

    5 Day Remand. hmmmmm That’s Thought Provoking.Recommend

  • majid islam
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:31PM

    help plz.i want to know the difference between judicial remand and physical remand.Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:44PM

    Plz free this innocent man like the same way respected Killer Davis is honorably freed. Just put some notes in govt mouth and become a good and clean man again. I am so annoyed today by the news of Davis the killer !!!!! Don’t know what to say after this shameful act !!!!!! :-( Recommend

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