Two senior officials of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Karachi office were convicted on Tuesday for taking bribes to the tune of Rs24 million from a known businessman of Faisalabad.
According to sources, Deputy Director Ata Ullah and Assistant Director Dr Muhammad Anwar were declared guilty by Special Judge (Central) Karachi Mahboob Ali Dayo. The judge also sentenced the two to jail for three years.
Hassan Munawar and his family have been running a soap and ghee business for the past many years in Faisalabad. He said in 2016, his company had applied for a tender to supply these items at Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan (USC) and for this purpose, they obtained an ISO certification from suspect Khalid.
According to Munawar, when USC informed them about the ISO certificate being fake, they approached FIA Karachi and filed a complaint against Khalid for fraud.
Munawar further told Bol News that FIA Karachi initially arrested Khalid but later on they started to harass his late father by accusing him of being an accomplice of Khalid’s crimes.
Munawar stated that Ata Ullah and Anwar had “pressuerised” and “threatened” his father to get illegal gratification of Rs24 million. He said the innocence of his father was proved in the court of law and then they filed a complaint with the then Director General FIA Bashir Ahmad Memon.
After receiving the complaint Memon had formed a committee comprising of the then ADG FIA Najaf Quli Mirza, incumbent DG NAB Karachi, and director FIA Counter-Terrorism Wing (CTW) Mazhar ul Haq Kakakhel.
According to Munawar, the inquiry team found FIA officials guilty and a charge sheet was filed accordingly in the relevant court.
According to Hassan, the court of Special Judge (Central) Karachi has found both the accused guilty and sentenced both Ata Ullah and Muhammad Anwar for three years to jail.
The court has also slapped a fine of Rs600,000 upon them.