Hajj scam: IHC orders authorities to unfreeze Kazmi’s bank accounts

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Hajj scam: IHC orders authorities to unfreeze Hamid Saeed Kazmi's bank accounts
Hajj scam: IHC orders authorities to unfreeze Hamid Saeed Kazmi's bank accounts

ISLAMABAD: One year after acquitting former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi in massive irregularities during Hajj operations between 2009 and 2012, the Islamabad High Court on Thursday directed authorities to unfreeze his bank accounts and properties.
The high court move comes on a writ petition filed by Kazmi’s counsel Rai Mudassiq Kharal who stated that the petitioner had moved several applications before Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the government to withdraw orders encumbering his proprietary rights and removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).
It adds that “the malafide on the part of the respondents is also apparent” from the fact that the name of the co-accused was removed from the ECL but the petitioner’s requests were dismissed despite acquittal by the high court.
The petitioner said that the actions carried “grave miscarriage of justice and infringement of the fundamental right of the petitioner guaranteed under the Constitution. Kazim appealed to the court to unfreeze his accounts and properties and removed his name from the ECL.
In its reply to the petitioner, the FIA informed the court that Kazmi’s name was already deleted from the ECL while his account in Faysal Bank had been unfrozen.

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