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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Adviser on Inside and Accountability Shahzad Akbar. Photograph: PID/ File.
  • Prime Minister’s aide on accountability Shahzad Akbar serves authorized discover to former FIA chief Bashir Memon for levelling “baseless allegations against him.”
  • Says he firmly believes within the rule of regulation, due to this fact, Memon might be answerable earlier than a courtroom of regulation for his slander.
  • Bashir Memon had alleged that PM Imran Khan, Regulation Minister Farogh Naseem, and Shahzad Akbar had pushed him to file a corruption case in opposition to Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Adviser on Inside and Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Wednesday introduced that his legal professionals have issued a authorized discover to the previous director-general of the Federal Investigation Company Bashir Memon for “levelling baseless allegations against him.”

“My lawyers have issued [a] legal notice to Bashir Memon for his lies and slanderous accusations with malafide and without any evidence,” the SAPM wrote on Twitter. 

“I firmly believe in rule of law, and he shall be answerable before a court of law for his slander.”

It needs to be recalled that Memon, whereas talking on the 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 in opposition to Supreme Courtroom choose Justice Qazi Faez Isa and different Opposition leaders throughout his tenure because the Federal Investigation Company’s (FIA) director-general.

Memon had stated that Federal Minister for Regulation and Justice Farogh Naseem Naseem and Akbar additionally needed him to proceed in opposition to Justice Isa on cash laundering expenses, 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 in opposition to corrupt individuals. 

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

The ex-DG FIA stated he wasn’t certain 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 regulation minister’s workplace, saying that minister Naseem was additionally satisfied {that a} case in opposition to Justice Isa might be filed. 

Based on 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 knowledge which Naseem believed might be used to file a case in opposition to Justice Isa. Nonetheless, Memon stated he informed them point-blank that it was not potential for him to ebook the Supreme Courtroom choose.

Naseem disagreed, stated Memon, including that he was of the view that the FIA and the FBR may cooperate and make a case in opposition to the choose on the idea of the information Dr Ashfaque had with him. Naseem, based on Memon, stated he would contest the case himself in courtroom.

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 based on him) that the foundations regarding the judiciary’s inside affairs have been fairly clear. He made it clear that performing in opposition to a choose 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 varied 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 checklist, including that he additionally needed the FIA to arrest Awami Nationwide Occasion (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 in opposition to anybody. Memon alleged the premier all the time 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 responsibility on the airport and Sharif was the premier on the time.

Akbar, Naseem refute Memon’s allegations

Reacting to Memon’s assertion, Akbar had vehemently rejected the claims. He stated Memon had dedicated “slander” and stated he had directed his legal professionals to provoke authorized motion in opposition to the previous head of the FIA.

“Simply seen absolute garbage uttered by Bashir Memon on Shahzeb present. He was by no means known as for any assembly with PM or myself on QFI (Qazi Faez Isa) subject, and there was no assembly with regulation minister and him as he claims. Equally he was by no means informed to start out any case in opposition to any particular particular person. Solely case referred to FIA was of sedition by the fed cupboard. I’ve instructed legal professionals in private capability to provoke authorized motion for his slander.”

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