Hajj corruption case: SC rejects application seeking immunity for Gilani

Published: July 4, 2013
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Yousaf Raza Gilani was accused of 'illegally' appointing Rao Shakeel as D-G Hajj affairs. PHOTO: FILE

Yousaf Raza Gilani was accused of 'illegally' appointing Rao Shakeel as D-G Hajj affairs. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court rejected an application seeking immunity for former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the Hajj corruption case on Thursday, reported Express News.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the Religious Affairs ministry should refrain from looting people, and adjourned the hearing till July 23.

Gilani was accused by former establishment secretary Ismael Qureshi of “illegally” appointing Rao Shakeel as director-general of Hajj affairs. Ismael had claimed that Gilani ignored his advice against Shakeel’s appointment and also appointed Zain Sukhaira as Information Technology advisor.

The Supreme Court later took notice of both appointments, which were subsequently reversed, but directed Gilani to submit his response over his exemption from investigation into the case. The law secretary was also ordered to explain why the investigation officer was asked to drop inquiry against Gilani.

Background

Former Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Rao Shakeel and former additional secretary to ministry of religious affairs Raja Aftabul Islam were accused of indulging in widespread corruption during the course of renting residential buildings for Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia at exorbitant rates and inflicting a loss of a billion rupees to the national exchequer.

Most of the buildings rented by the Hajj administrators were five kilometres away from the Haram Sharif, while according to law the accommodation for Hajjis should not be more than two kilometres away.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:27PM

    While holidaying in Middle East, on seeing a camel, one Englishman said to his companion “That camel reminds me of food,” at which the other said “You are not an Arab. Since when camel meat became food for you,” at which the first replied “It is not like that, you see, everything reminds me of food.”

    So it is the same with some of our politicians whom everything reminds of, and tempts to, corruption. And they are impartial. They do not discriminate even on religious grounds.

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  • waseem ch
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:57PM

    More ‘revenge’ from PPP’s democracyRecommend

  • YP
    Jul 4, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Same rules should be applied to all the corrupt politicians regardless of their party affiliations.

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  • ashar
    Jul 4, 2013 - 4:26PM

    As you sow, so shall you reap.

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  • expaki
    Jul 4, 2013 - 4:43PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi: Hashmi sahib, our well fed CHARLATANS, always follow the blind, who always dreamt of TWO ROTIAAN.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jul 4, 2013 - 5:35PM

    These mazarath walay make so much money from donation of blind faith innocent muslims
    and then there greeds take them to govt I wonder how much is enough to live 60 or 70 years of life…..

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  • ali ahmed
    Jul 4, 2013 - 10:30PM

    Mr.CJ ..when the decision will come

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