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'FIA official's probe against Qadir Gilani biased'

22 December, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The investigation officer of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Hussain Ashgar, was biased in his probe against MNA Abdul Qadir Gilani, the son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani because of his suspension and transfer by the former premier, National Assembly was told on Friday.

The House was informed about it through a report of the Standing Committee on Rules and Privileges on the question of privilege raised by MNA Abdul Qadir Gilani against the officers of FIA in the last session.

The report was laid by committee chairman Abdul Ghafor Chaudhary, which observed that the entire investigation was the outcome of rancour and violative of law, thus fair investigation is not expected from him. The competent authority may be directed to take a necessary disciplinary action in accordance with law against Hussain Asghar, Director FIA, it suggested and observed that House may also take an appropriate action deemed necessary in view of breach of the privilege of MNA Abdul Qadir Gilani.

It noted that Imran Ali Shah, who had alleged that one of the misappropriated defrauded amount of Hajj scam, one bullet-proof vehicle was bought by Qadir Gilani and his friend Zain Iftikhar in the UAE, which was brought to the latter's residence in Sahiwal, when called upon to furnish evidence to substantiate allegation, failed to do so, as it is mentioned in the report in clear terms, "We may observe here that on the basis of a bald and baseless allegation, such statement should not have been made by Imran Ali Shah. However, the additional DG may look into the matter and proceed against him if he considers that false information was furnished."

The House was also informed that the government is making best efforts to ensure uninterrupted supply of gas to the domestic consumers, Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Dr Asim Hussain told the House that a number of projects were underway to enhance the gas availability in the country. He said as a short term measure... gap between demand and supply is bridged through curtailment of gas supplies in different sectors on SNGPL's and SSGPL's network including Fertilizer... General Industry and CNG Sectors.

Replying to a query advisor said that Pakistan section of the Pak-Iran gas pipeline is to be laid from Iran-Pakistan border upto Pakistan and progress on the project is going on as per schedule. Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the government renewed the drilling policy and a number of wells are being drilled in the country to meet the fuel demands and ruled out that the closure of CNG stations because a huge investment has been made in this sector.

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