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Legislation Minister Farogh Naseem talking in Geo Information’ programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath” on April 27, 2021. — Geo Information screengrab
  • File clarifies Shahzad Akbar, Azam Swati, Bashir Memon by no means got here to my workplace collectively, says Naseem.
  • “Why was Bashir tight-lipped for the last 2.5 years?” asks Naseem.
  • “This isn’t their work, this is the work of a third party,” he says.

Legislation Minister Farogh Naseem stated Wednesday Prime Minister Imran Khan has denied discussing Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s case with former Federal Investigation (FIA) director-general Bashir Memon.

The minister, talking in Geo Information‘ programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath”, stated he spoke to the premier concerning the matter immediately, and the prime minister denied discussing the case with the previous FIA chief.

The legislation minister stated he had by no means spoken to Memon about Justice Isa’s case — and when he requested PM’s aide on Accountability and Inside Shahzad Akbar and Minister for Railways Azam Swati, they denied it as properly.

Naseem stated Shahzad Akbar, Azam Swati, and Memon had by no means come to his workplace on the similar time.

“The record clarifies that Shahzad Akbar, Azam Swati, and Bashir Memon never came to my office together. I thought Bashir Memon was a good person, but I am in shock after hearing his statements,” he stated, including: “Why was he tight-lipped for the last 2.5 years?”

The legislation minister, demanding Memon rethink his statements and take them again, requested how may FIA provoke a probe towards a Supreme Court docket decide.

Naseem, expressing good needs to Justice Isa and his supporters, stated: “This isn’t their work, this is the work of a third party.”

The legislation minister questioned Memon’s intentions, saying he was unaware why the previous FIA chief needed the executives of the judiciary to start a battle.

“I have no reservations against Justice Qazi Faez Isa,” he stated.

Memon’s claims

A day earlier, Memon, whereas talking on Geo Information’ programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath,” had as soon as once more stated he was requested by the prime minister himself to file instances towards Justice Isa and different Opposition leaders throughout his tenure because the FIA’s director-general.

Memon had stated Naseem Naseem and Akbar additionally needed him to proceed towards Justice Isa on cash laundering costs, however he had refused to take action as “the agency had no grounds to do so, especially since the matter pertained to a Supreme Court judge.”

Minister Naseem and Akbar each rubbished the previous FIA chief’s declare.

In response to a query, Memon stated 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 informed him to pursue instances towards corrupt individuals.

The previous DG FIA stated he didn’t know that he would later be requested to file a case towards Justice Isa.

The ex-DG FIA stated he wasn’t positive what the prime minister was referring to however then he was taken to Akbar’s workplace.

“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 stated. “I told Akbar categorically that it was not possible for me to do that.”

The previous FIA chief stated he was then taken to the legislation minister’s workplace, saying that minister Naseem was additionally satisfied {that a} case towards Justice Isa could possibly be filed.

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

Memon claimed that Dr Ashfaque was in possession of some knowledge which Naseem believed could possibly be used to file a case towards Justice Isa. Nevertheless, Memon stated he informed them point-blank that it was not potential for him to ebook the Supreme Court docket decide.

Naseem disagreed, stated Memon, including that he was of the view that the FIA and the FBR may cooperate and make a case towards the decide on the idea of the information Dr Ashfaque had with him. Naseem, in accordance with Memon, stated he would contest the case himself in court docket.

Memon says he ‘put his foot down’

The ex-DG FIA stated he needed to “put his foot down”, and informed them (Farogh Nasim, Shahzad Akbar, and Azam Khan, who was additionally current there in accordance with him) that the foundations in regards to the judiciary’s inside affairs have been fairly clear. He made it clear that performing towards a decide was past the phrases of reference (ToRs) of the FIA.

“I have never conducted an inquiry to this day nor can I do it. They may have believed I am misinterpreting the law,” he stated, including that the police is a law-enforcement company therefore it can’t take any unlawful motion.

“I had also consulted with the legal team [of the FIA] which also held that my stance was right,” stated Memon.

He additional stated that the premier needed him to go after PML-N management and different Opposition leaders.

Referring to his numerous official conferences with the prime minister, Memon alleged the premier had “repeatedly instructed him to go after top PML-N leaders, including the two Sharif brothers, Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PML-N Punjab president Rana Sanaullah, Marriyum Aurangzeb and former foreign minister Khawaja Asif.”

Memon additional alleged that PPP leaders Khurshid Shah and Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar have been additionally on the prime minister’s goal record, including that he additionally needed the FIA to arrest Awami Nationwide Get together (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and PML-N chief Amir Muqam.

The ex-FIA chief stated that he informed the prime minister that the police arrest suspects on the idea of proof and inquiry, including that he informed PM Imran the FIA wanted proof to proceed towards anybody. Memon alleged the premier at all times used to inform him “not to spare the Opposition”.

He stated when the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, the prime minister taunted him by saying: “Look, you couldn’t do it [arrest Shahbaz], but NAB did it in one day.”

He rejected the notion that there was a “soft corner” in his coronary heart for leaders of the PML-N.

“Why will I have a soft corner in my heart for the PML-N? The PML-N [leadership] doesn’t even know me,” he stated, including he had met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif solely when he was on protocol obligation on the airport and Sharif was the premier on the time.

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