Sharifs plan to teach Wajid Zia a lesson: Report

Sharifs plan to teach Wajid Zia a lesson: Report

ISLAMABAD - PML-N government has decided to teach Additional Director General of FIA Wajid Zia a lesson over issue of the Panama Papers investigation.

Wajid Zia had collected irrefutable evidences from London against Sharif family for which Sharifs were annoyed with the officer.

Captain (R) Safdar has submitted an application with National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, raising a question of privileges. The NA speaker, while advising further necessary action, has forwarded the matter to NA Secretariat to take action against Wajid Zia, Pakistan Today has reported.

MNA Safdar, in his application to Ayaz Sadiq, raised the issue that the JIT head had levelled baseless allegations against him.

The four-point agenda of next meeting—copy available with Pakistan Today—of NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges disclose that the question of privilege raised by former PM’s son-in-law will be the topmost agenda of the meeting, which is scheduled to be held on February 2, 2018, in the Parliament House.

“The question of privilege raised by MNA Muhammad Safdar regarding baseless allegations made by Wajid Zia, in-charge Joint Investigation Team (JIT), against the [honourbale] member,” said Agenda Item No.1 of NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges.

Wajid Zia—a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director—headed the five-member JIT made on the Supreme Court’s orders to investigate the offshore properties of Nawaz Sharif. The JIT has earlier termed ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Muhammad Safdar as “dishonest and deceitful.”

It is relevant to mention here that, reportedly, the JIT investigating Panama Papers case, in its report submitted to the Supreme Court, said that he (Safdar) was absolutely evasive, non-committal and speculative while recording his statement.

“He (Safdar) was untruthful, dishonest, deceitful and shifty on many accounts, displaying wanting conduct,” the JIT report states. “His emphasis was on propagating that he was highly upright, self-contained and an independent person, which was inconsistent with the facts brought out by him during the proceedings.”

Well-informed sources said that Sharif family is annoyed with Wajid Zia for collecting documentary evidence from London, with the help of a private firm, and also for being a witness in corruption reference against the Sharifs.

Because of this reason, they said, PML-N government is all out to punish Zia and started the proceeding with a question of privileges.