Ready for ju­di­cial probe into FIA, Ch Nisar tells Zar­dari

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In re­sponse to Asif Ali Zar­dari's claim about the the FIA's ' mis­treat­ment' of the PPP, Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Wed­nes­day that he is ready for a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion to probe the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency's (FIA) role and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the past two-and-a-half years.

The state­ment is­sued by the Min­istry of In­te­rior on be­half of Chaudhry Nisar said, "I can con­firm that dur­ing my ten­ure, I have not used the FIA for political, il­le­gal, or per­sonal means, nor per­mit­ted the in­flu­ence of any ex­ter­nal or for­eign pres­sure." "I have em­pha­sised in my meet­ings that the staff are not ser­vants of the govern­ment, but of the state."

The state­ment added, "I am not con­cerned with how the FIA was run by pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments, but I have striven with a clean heart to build the FIA into a non-political and pro­fes­sional in­ves­tiga­tive in­sti­tu­tion. The FIA's an­ticor­rup­tion ac­tiv­i­ties have caused a ben­e­fit of Rs14.6 bil­lion to the state dur­ing the past two years, whereas in pre­vi­ous years this amount was only a few mil­lion."

"De­spite this, I be­lieve that there

is

still much left to do, and the FIA does need to be cleaned from within. But there is one thing I would like Asif Zar­dari and oth­ers to un­der­stand, as long as I am In­te­rior Min­is­ter, the FIA will not be used against in­no­cents or for political means." Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in a press con­fer­ence Tues­day warned graft body NAB to "act care­fully or get ready for clip­ping of its wings".

Ad­dress­ing newly-elected lo­cal govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives of PML- N in Ba­hawalpur, Nawaz Sharif said, "The NAB is ha­rass­ing govern­ment of­fi­cers. They (bu­reau­crats) are afraid of tak­ing de­ci­sions (sign­ing of files of dif­fer­ent projects) be­cause of the NAB ha­rass­ment. The NAB ter­ri­fies the govern­ment of­fi­cers, hin­der­ing them from per­form­ing their duty."

He fur­ther said the NAB of­fi­cials en­tered the houses and of­fices of "in­no­cent peo­ple" with­out ver­i­fy­ing the au­then­tic­ity of cor­rup­tion or other charges. Sound­ing cat­e­gor­i­cal on his fu­ture course of ac­tion, PM Sharif said: "I have brought the mat­ter to the no­tice of the NAB chair­man a cou­ple of times. He should take no­tice. Oth­er­wise, the govern­ment will take le­gal ac­tion in this re­gard."

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