A local court has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to register a case against former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for the alleged theft of a diamond necklace donated by then Turkish First Lady for flood relief in 2010.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Bakht Fakhar Behzad on Monday ordered the FIA deputy director in Multan to launch an inquiry into the missing necklace and submit the report within seven days.
The order was passed on a petition filed by senior lawyer and social activist Fahim Gill in which the interior secretary, FIA’s director general, FIA Punjab’s director, FIA Multan’s deputy director, Gilani and his wife Fauzia Gilani were made respondents.
The petitioner stated that then Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan during a visit to flood-hit Mehmoodkot had donated a precious necklace for the rehabilitation of flood survivors. She had handed over the necklace to former premier Gilani and his wife. The couple, the plaintiff alleged, misappropriated the necklace.
Gill claims that he had submitted an inquiry application with the FIA Punjab and Multan directors but they refused to investigate the case. They also confessed the FIA director general and interior secretary had barred them from taking any action against the suspects.
Sessions Judge Behzad ordered the FIA Multan deputy director to register the petition as a complaint, conduct an inquiry and submit the findings in the court by June 29.
The FIA has been ordered to investigate the couple individually.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2015.
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