FIA officer keeps constable in illegal confinement

Victim stopped officer’s ‘land-grabber friend’ from exploiting a citizen

Sohail Chaudhry January 08, 2018

ISLAMABAD: In a strange case, a senior official of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) kept a constable in illegal confinement for doing his job by stopping the officer’s ‘land grabber friend’ in Karachi not to exploit friends of the constable’s father.

Deputy Director Anti-corruption Circle Ali Sher Jakhrani abused his authority against his subordinate Constable Ghafoor Shujah Abbasi by picking him up from the FIA Academy and locking him up at FIA Iqbal Town Centre Islamabad.

"I was in uniform and attending a course at the FIA academy when I was dragged in a double cabin vehicle and brought to Iqbal Town Centre and humiliated before my colleagues," the constable told Express.

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He said I was shocked when I was tortured by Jakharani, just because I obstructed his land grabber friend from exploiting a citizen.

A source privy to the development said Jakharani had tried to give legal grounds to his abuse of authority by forcing Sub-Inspector Kashif Awan to lodge a fake FIR against the constable.

However, the source said, “Awan refused to lodge an illegal FIR and was also threatened by the deputy director that he would get dismissed from service as he had not obeyed his orders.”

The source said the sub-inspector brought the whole matter into the notice of FIA’s director Islamabad zone, who then intervened and rescued the constable from the lock up and stopped the deputy director from lodging a fake FIR.

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Awan, when contacted, confirmed that he had received threats from Jakharani.

He said, "It was an illegal order so I refused to obey and then the deputy director threatened me.” He added that they are servants of the state not slaves of superior officers.

Jakharani when contacted by Express said, "I don't want to comment about [issue] as the media has nothing to do with the matter.”

Meanwhile, the source, when asked whether director FIA Islamabad had not taken any action against the deputy director, said the director did not even bother to hold an inquiry into the matter. He added that the director just stopped Jhakrani from registering an FIR and rescuing the constable.


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