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SC orders to dig deeper into scam

CJ says Hajj corruption report unsatisfactory
ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry Thursday described the report of Director General FIA Wasim Ahmad into Hajj scam as unsatisfactory and ordered comprehensive investigation into the scam. During hearing of the Hajj scam case, the court observed that the Director General FIA did not take any interest while the Interior Minister got the name of the main accused removed from the Exit Control List through an SMS.
It also observed that this is not a small thing and Azam Swati lost his ministry due to this scam. Justice Khalil-ur Rahman Ramday observed that if he had been the head of DG FIA, he would have sent him to jail. Judge advised Advocate Latif Khosa not to try to turn the court into a political field.
While ordering payment of 700 Riyals each to the pilgrims of Maktab -5 the seven member bench adjourned the hearing till 11th of January.
Former Minister Azam Swati submitted before the court that he was not satisfied with the inquiry of the FIA and termed it as unsatisfactory.
Azam Swati’s lawyers said that the two witnesses in the Hajj scam Abdul Rehman and Farooq are in Saudi Arabia and they are unable to get security in Pakistan. Chief Justice said that DG FIA has retired and he is on contract employment, his job is at the mercy of the Government and thus was not taking interest in Hajj scam.

He said there are serious allegations of corruption against former Director General Hajj Rao Shakeel. Chief Justice asked DG FIA as to why he did not contact Pakistani Ambassador in Saudi Arabia about the scam. He also observed that why the authorities were not allowing those who want to come from Saudi Arabia in connection with the case. Counsel for former Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi said that Azam Swati cannot give statements as he desires.Director General FIA Wasim Ahmad submitted before the court that former DG Hajj Rao Shakil is involved in a corruption of Rs200 million.


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