FIA arrests three CAA officials in Karachi airport land case

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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday arrested three officials of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and one private person in a case related to illegal occupation of several acres of land near the Karachi airport.

The arrests came after the agency lodged two FIRs against 34 nominated suspects pertaining to illegal occupation of the land whose notice was taken by the apex court in October, FIA Karachi Director Amir Farooqi said.

He said the FIA conducted raids on Saturday night and detained three officials of the CAA — the then senior estate officer Zarin Gul Durrani, the then assistant manager estate Mohammed Yunus, and the then general manager estate Syed Mohammed Kaleem — and one private person named Mushtaq.

Mr Farooqi said two separate FIRs had been registered against 34 people, including former federal minister retired Captain Haleem Siddiqi, former Karachi administrator Saqib Soomro and former Deputy Commissioner Malir Mohammed Ali Shah on complaints of CAA Additional Director Jafar Abbas Cheema.

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