The hearing of a petition filed by Federal Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim against the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) alleging harassment to him, his family members and employees in NICL scam was adjourned till August 23 as petitioner’s counsel Rasheed Razvi was not available.
A division bench of the Sindh High Court, comprising Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Salahuddin Panwhar, here on Thursday also extended interim order restraining the FIA till the next hearing.
Amin Fahim maintained that he was being implicated in a fabricated case as he had returned all the money which was allegedly received by him against the sale of a 10-acre plot acquired by NICL on the orders of its controversial chief, Ayaz Khan Niazi.
His counsel submitted that although the petitioner had returned the money, the FIA was not only harassing him but also his family members and employees.
The petitioner was being put to a media trial, the counsel said, requesting the court to stop FIA agents from harassing the petitioner, family and employees.
After the initial hearing on July 11, the same bench had issued notices for the FIA director and ministry of interior to appear on Thursday (July 26). It has restrained the FIA from any harassment to the petitioner or his men.
FIA is proceeding against Amin Fahim as it observes that despite the return of money belonging to the people of Pakistan, a criminal act remains un-noticed and the law demands that criminal proceedings be undertaken against the senior federal minister for obtaining monetary benefits through a shady deal.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2012.