Graft cases: Nisar orders FIA to catch ‘big fish’

Published: July 16, 2015
Interior minister says policy for INGOs will be announced after Eidul Fitr. PHOTO: INP

Interior minister says policy for INGOs will be announced after Eidul Fitr. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Expressing displeasure over the Federal Investigation Agency’s performance, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed FIA investigators on Wednesday to lay their hands on the big fish involved in mega corruption scandals.

“Catch the big fish [involved in mega corruption] cases within weeks, no matter who they are. Exercise new powers recently vested in you [FIA officials],” Nisar was quoted as saying by a senior official of the FIA, who attended the meeting which took a detailed overview of the key corruption scandals.

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He said the interior minister was incensed by FIA’s slow progress on graft cases and even asked why the institution should not be closed down. “The minister asked why FIA investigators allowed senior personnel implicated in financial irregularities to roam about freely,” he said.

An official statement said the participants of the meeting discussed a number of corruption cases including those related to the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan State Oil, Hajj Scam, Evacuee Trust Board and Trade Development Authority.

It said the interior minister directed the FIA officials to record progress in these cases in coming weeks and submit challans of the accused. “The policy for international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs) and other policies will be announced after Eidul Fitr,” the statement added.

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It said the minister directed that all employees of the National Database Registration Authority, who are posted abroad and who have completed their tenure, should be called back. “And those who do not follow the directions will not be receiving their salaries after August 1,” it added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Ray
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Thank Goodness that in this day and age and under these political Nisar is trying to do a job as competently as possible without discrimination which is heartening to see….Recommend

  • asad
    Jul 16, 2015 - 11:29AM

    catch nawaz sheirf firstRecommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 16, 2015 - 11:55AM

    @asad: Awww shucks, we thought Zardari Ltd would take first place honors.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:00PM

    ………and it gets funnier.Recommend

  • Pro
    Jul 16, 2015 - 12:19PM

    Catch big fish? how? while current PM is one of the biggest fish himself and many people around him too.Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jul 16, 2015 - 1:11PM

    These statements are just eyewash; he has given such statement second time. Why not make FIA truly independent and appoint a reputable officer like Tariq Khosa or Suddle as head?
    He want to exspediate only certain cases, otherwises Dar is involved in money scam.Recommend

  • Arif
    Jul 16, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Well done Nisar Keep moving and try to finish this financial terrorism.Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 3:01PM

    Mr. Malik, If you mean what you say and prove to the nation that you will rid Pakistan of these criminal looters, I shall vote for you. Let’s see if you can walk the walk.Recommend

  • Robbie
    Jul 16, 2015 - 3:05PM

    The Big Fish are Nawaz Sharif, Zardari, Ishaq Dar, get hold of them first and this country will run smoothly.Recommend

  • Irshad Khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 7:40PM

    Choudhry Nisar wants FIA to catch big fish ??
    The big fish are Nawaz Sharif and Zardari, please get them, this will be a great test.Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:02PM

    More talks and no action. FIA and other institutions have been crippled by constant political interference. De-politicizing these institutions is the only solution. KPK is setting some good examples in this regard. Recommend

  • maulana diesel
    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:10PM

    Big fish means, zardari, nawaz,shahbaz, m diesel, asfandyar and gillani. If that is the case I bet you are another umar the great. Recommend

    Jul 16, 2015 - 8:25PM

    Catch the big fish….you mean Shareef brothers for taking money from ISI during formation IJI formation in 90’s and generals involved in NLC scam Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Jul 16, 2015 - 9:16PM

    Well done instead of criticizing him I think he works better than Rehman Malik…. Recommend

  • shahid
    Jul 16, 2015 - 9:59PM

    Why he had to wait for three years to give these orders???. However better late than neverRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 16, 2015 - 11:11PM

    Apart from Nawaz Zardari Dar etc you had one beautiful fish having good I mean real good relations with high ups got away because the customs failed to put up a challan and the High Court granted him bail.Jail Authorities were all circling this beauty for Alma, how many succeeded God knows. A real cat and mouse game. A mockery of justice.. Itb prtoves money and beauty can win any game..Recommend

  • Jul 16, 2015 - 11:37PM

    Choudhry Nisar Sahib, the biggest scam is Real Estate that you have forgotten ?Recommend

  • Noroz khan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 12:03AM

    I hope I am wrong but I believe it is a scam, Choudhry Nisar and PML/N will go after their political rivals and get even with people they don’t like.Recommend

  • curious2
    Jul 17, 2015 - 1:19AM

    Big fish or small fish – justice system has been broken in Pakistan for a long time and Nisar and his boss are part of the problem.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 19, 2015 - 1:59AM

    @asad rizvi:Scam here and scam there, a big scam in your own pocket Nisar Sahib do not make bluffing remarks just to psove that you are in the arena Recommend

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