IHC no­ti­fies fed­er­a­tion over Rao Sha­keel’s ap­peal

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—Islamabad High court has is­sued no­tice to the fed­er­a­tion in for­mer Hajj DG Rao Sha­keel’s ap­peal against his sen­tence in Hajj cor­rup­tion case.

Chief Jus­tice Muham­mad An­war Kasi heard Rao Sha­keel’s ap­peal against his sen­tence. The for­mer di­rec­tor gen­eral main­tained that trial court did not take into ac­count all the as­pects of the law as cor­rup­tion was not proven on his part by any of the wit­nesses’ state­ments.

The court was re­quested to an­nul trial court’s verdict and ac­quit the for­mer of­fi­cial of the Min­istry of re­li­gious Af­fairs. The hear­ing was ad­journed for two weeks.

Rao Sha­keel was sen­tenced to thirty years in pri­son along with fine by a court on June 3. For­mer re­li­gious af­fairs min­is­ter Hamid Saeed Kazmi was also awarded a pun­ish­ment in the cor­rup­tion ref­er­ence. He was sen­tenced to 12 years in pri­son.

Ear­lier this week, Sha­keel’s al­leged front man, Ahmed Faiz was re­leased on bail in the Hajj cor­rup­tion case af­ter the ac­cused en­sured the court of ap­pear­ing in all pro­ceed­ings of the case.

The Hajj scam had sur­faced in 2010 af­ter the then Min­is­ter for Science and Tech­nol­ogy Azam Swati ac­cused Kazmi, an in­flu­en­tial min­is­ter in the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan Peoples Party (PPP), of his in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion in the pil­grim­age funds.—SABAH

A view of large num­ber of mo­tor­bikes parked along the road­side at Im­pe­rial Mar­ket caus­ing in­con­ve­nience for the peo­ple.

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