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‘All of Bashir Memon’s allegations are baseless,’ says PM Imran Khan

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  • PM Imran Khan says all allegations levelled by Memon in opposition to him are “baseless.”
  • Says he by no means directed ex-FIA chief Bashir Memon to analyze or file instances in opposition to Justice Qazi Faez Isa.
  • Says he solely directed Memon to analyze the iqama (overseas resident allow) case of ex-foreign minister Khawaja Asif.
  • “I did not direct Memon to file any cases against Opposition leader Maryam Nawaz or anyone else from the PML-N or the PPP either,” the premier provides.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday lastly broke his silence relating to the allegations levelled in opposition to him by former Federal Investigation Company chief Bashir Memon and mentioned that “all the claims” made by Memon are “baseless”.

“I had only directed Memon to investigate the iqama (work permit) case of PML-N’s Khawaja Asif,” the premier mentioned.

The prime minister made the statements whereas talking throughout a gathering with senior journalists and anchorpersons in Islamabad.

“The decision to investigate the case of Khawaja Asif was taken during a meeting of the federal cabinet,” the PM mentioned, including that he had directed Memon to analyze whether or not the nation’s former overseas minister was holding a overseas resident allow and withdrawing a wage from overseas sources. 

“All the claims made by Bashir Memon are baseless,” the premier mentioned. “I have never directed him to initiate investigations or file any cases against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.”

The premier added: “Bashir Memon was not even authorised to file references [against a Supreme Court judge], so why would I ask him to do so in the first place?” 

Responding to a query, the premier mentioned that he had additionally not directed Memon to file any instances in opposition to Opposition chief Maryam Nawaz or anybody else from the PML-N or the PPP.

“I have never asked [the FIA] to file a terrorism case against Maryam Nawaz regarding the photograph of the First Lady,” the premier maintained. 

“Bashir Memon used to only brief me about the investigation the FIA’s joint investigation team was carrying out against the Omni Group,” PM Khan mentioned.

PM Khan additionally spoke about Jahangir Tareen’s case and mentioned that Barrister Ali Zafar will make sure that Tareen is just not being unlawfully focused.

“The PTI cannot deviate from its mission of holding everyone accountable, even if a senior party leader like Jahangir Tareen is involved,” the PM mentioned.

Answering a query, the premier dismissed the information associated to the elimination of sugar scandal probe group chief Dr Rizwan. 

Memon’s claims

It must be recalled just a few days in the past, Memon, whereas talking on the Geo Information‘ programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath,” had alleged he was requested by the prime minister himself to file instances in opposition to Supreme Court docket decide Justice Qazi Faez Isa and different Opposition leaders throughout his tenure because the FIA’s director-general.

Memon had claimed that Federal Minister for Regulation and Justice Farogh Naseem and the Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Inside Shahzad Akbar had additionally wished him to proceed in opposition to Justice Isa on cash laundering prices. 

The previous FIA chief had mentioned that he had refused to take action as “the FIA had no grounds to do so, especially since the matter pertained to a Supreme Court judge.” 

Memon had mentioned he as soon as had a gathering with the prime minister throughout which the premier lauded his providers by saying that he’s a “very good officer” and instructed him to pursue instances in opposition to corrupt folks.

The previous DG FIA mentioned he didn’t know on the time that he would later be requested to file a case in opposition to Justice Isa.

“It was in Akbar’s office that I got to know that the case PM Imran was referring to was to be filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa,” Memon mentioned. “I told Akbar categorically that it was not possible for me to do that.”

The previous FIA chief mentioned he was then taken to the regulation minister’s workplace, saying that minister Naseem was additionally satisfied {that a} case in opposition to Justice Isa may very well be filed.

In line with Memon, Dr Ashfaque of the Federal Board of Income (FBR) was additionally current on the regulation minister’s workplace.

Memon claimed that Dr Ashfaque was in possession of some information which Naseem believed may very well be used to file a case in opposition to Justice Isa. Nonetheless, Memon mentioned he instructed them point-blank that it was not potential for him to ebook the Supreme Court docket decide.

Naseem disagreed, mentioned Memon, including that he was of the view that the FIA and the FBR might cooperate and make a case in opposition to the decide on the idea of the information Dr Ashfaque had with him.

Naseem, in line with Memon, mentioned he would contest the case himself in courtroom.

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