SC denies bail to former interior secretary

Qaiser Zulfiqar April 14, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The apex court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of Shahzad Ahmed, a contractor of the National Data Base Registration Authority (NADRA) accused of issuing 32,148 fake computerised arms licenses.

The three member bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ch. Ijaz and Justice Ghulam Rabbani directed the Special Prosecuter Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Ansar Nawaz to arrest the then additional secretary interior Imtiaz Qazi who is presently performing as Secretary Education for being involved in this case.

Nawaz informed the bench that the application for the arrest of Qazi Imtiaz has already been filed with the competent authority on which the Chief Justice remarked, “what are you waiting for don’t you know that this law has been abolished, arrest him soon”. Justice (Rtd) Tariq Mehmood, the council for Shahzad Ahmad , appeared before the bench and argued for his bail to be granted. He argued that the only mistake of his client is that he was a contractor of NADRA and supplying stationary.

Tariq Mahmood argued that without the support of the then secretary interior, Kamal Shah, and additional secretary Imtaiz Qazi this was not possible. Nawaz informed the bench that joint secretary interior Khizer Hayat Khan has been taken into custody in this regard and is being interrogated. He informed the bench that Qazi Imtiaz issued cheques of 3.8 million for stationary items.

However, Shahzad did not give a stationary single item to NADRA. Shahzad Ahmad Khan was a stationary contractor of NADRA. He stole data through a software of NADRA and used it to make fake arms license and latter deleted the entire record even from the main server of NADRA.