ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Ghalib Bandesha has constituted a team and ordered reopening of an old money laundering case against cleric Tahirul Qadri.
The case was registered by the former Pakistan People’s Party government, a senior FIA official revealed to Daily Times on Friday. The DG himself is monitoring the investigation process on a daily basis and has constituted a three-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which will probe the case, it has been learnt. The incumbent FIA DG is facing pressure from the Interior Ministry to submit a detailed report of Qadri’s money laundering case as early as possible, the FIA official said.
The PPP government had filed a case and accused Qadri of financial irregularity, alleging that he had taken millions of rupees from some foreigners in the name of charity on the direction of then prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. However, then president Asif Zardari stopped the inquiry over the intervention of PML Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. According to sources, the JIT has been mandated to investigate Qadri’s family members, including his two sons. Despite repeated attempts, FIA DG was not available for comments.
In a related development, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued the details of assets of Qadri and his party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). According to the record, Qadri had assets worth Rs 9.9 million in 2004, a bank balance of Rs 33,000 and property worth Rs 8.5 million. The cleric did not have any wealth or personal vehicle outside the country. The record further states that the income of PAT was Rs 160,000 and expenditures were over Rs 200,000. In 2010, the net worth of assets owned by the PAT was Rs 338,000. The FIA has written a letter to the ECP seeking details of assets of Qadri and PAT.
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