Tuesday, May 08, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Reputed Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Javed Iqbal is proceeding on three months leave after finding himself unable to be part of the rulersí campaign to fix the Sharifs of Lahore following the recent upsurge in the political temperature in the country.
According to a source three days back some alleged FIA officials had picked up a 70 years old retired accountant of Mian Nawaz Sharif without any such authorization or information of the DG FIA Javed Iqbal, an incident that further damaged the already cold relations between the Interior Ministry and the DG FIA.
The DG, who is a reputed police officer and is known for his integrity, however refused to letthe FIA be used for settling political scores. His uprightness does not suit his political masters, who are in the habit of using state institutions like NAB and FIA for their political gains and to shield the corrupt.
The source said that because of the misuse of FIA and following growing pressures to compel the agency to dance to the tunes of the political masters, Javed Iqbal is seeking three months leave.
According to one source he has already applied for the long leave but this fact could not be confirmed as the DG FIA could not be contacted.It is said that some influential cabinet ministers are lobbying to bring in Zafar Abbas Luk, the incumbent acting Narcotics secretary, who is extra-ordinarily operating to get a clean chit for Musa Gillani in the Ephedrine case.
Javed Iqbal was transferred from position of IG Punjab, two months back, because MPAs of Shahbaz Sharif could not afford his rigid adherence to rule of law and merit in an election year.
Punjab Police in police station Shadman Lahore Monday registered an FIR against some FIA officials for illegally kidnapping and keeping in unlawful custody a 70 year old retired accountant of Sharif Group the business concern of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the leader of PML-N, and two time prime minister.
After the conviction of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and following Mian Nawaz Sharifís hard stance demanding Gilani to step down, some leading federal ministers have been openly hurling threats to the PML N leadership.
Amid these high tempers one Muhammad Akram, a retired 70 year old† accountant of Sharif Group, complained to Shadman Police station that as he was coming out of mosque adjacent to his house in Shadman on Thursday night three persons in civilian clothes picked him up forcibly and threw him in a blue jeep and took him to a house after driving for 20 minutes.
There they abused him and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not give details of Mian Nawaz Sharifs business concerns.It was only after the kidnappers learnt that Akram was a cardiac patient and had open heart surgery that they let him free after several hours.
Akram alleged that during his confinement and questioning he learnt that they were functionaries of FIA.Police have registered a criminal case against unknown FIA officials and started investigation.