Transfer orders of 39 FIA officers reverted

Four of the transferred officers included lead investigator Zafar Qureshi.

Express August 18, 2011


In an unprecedented move, the transfer orders of 39 officers have been cancelled on the approval of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director-General Tahsin Anwar Ali Shah.

These officers included two deputy directors, 23 assistant directors and 14 inspectors who had been serving at the same station for between four and 10 years. These transfers were ostensibly made only to ‘provide cover’ to the transfers of the four members of the probe team investigating the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam.

On July 1, FIA transferred eight officers, including four deputy directors, three assistant directors and one inspector. Four of these officers were members of the NICL investigation team, along with lead investigator Zafar Qureshi.

According to two new notifications issued on Wednesday by FIA Headquarters in Islamabad, two previous notifications regarding the transfers of 39 officers of the FIA had been cancelled with immediate effect and all officers directed to report to their previous departments immediately.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.