NICL scam: FIA summons six more accused in scandal

Babar Awan on behalf of key accused Moonis Elahi calls for removal of Qureshi as lead investigator in the NICL case.

Asad Kharal August 20, 2011


As more evidence begins to surface in the multi-billion rupee National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) land scandal, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team has summoned six accused in the case, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

The team led by Additional Director-General (DG) Zafar Ahmed Qureshi took the decision at a meeting convened in Lahore on Friday. Qureshi is said to have assigned additional tasks to the NICL investigation team.

Meanwhile, police have been investigating a criminal case filed against Assistant Director (AD) FIA Security Wing Khawaja Hamadur Rehman on charges of spreading baseless information to government officials and interfering in government matters.

The NICL land scam has been a contentious issue between the government and judiciary. Babar Awan – former law minister and a key member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party – filed a petition on behalf of key accused Moonis Elahi, calling for removal of Qureshi as the lead investigator in the NICL case.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2011.