Zafar Qureshi not given job back despite SC orders
By: Umar Cheema
ISLAMABAD: The government appears to have thrown into the dustbin the latest ruling of the Supreme Court cancelling suspension of Zafar Qureshi, the chief investigation officer of NICL scam, as he has not been restored even after the passage of two days since the apex court delivered the verdict.
The verdict released on Monday morning has got a deaf ear from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Interior Ministry as neither the past suspension order of Qureshi was withdrawn nor was it cancelled. This is a clear violation of SC order.
Qureshi spent the whole Tuesday waiting to hear from the FIA that his suspension had been reverted in line with the court’s directives, but he was not contacted at the first place, said an official working with him. The government is using delaying tactics in order to get rid of Qureshi, who will reach the age of superannuation in September. The officials say the Supreme Court can direct the government to let Qureshi keep doing investigation even after his retirement or appoint a judicial commission to supervise the probe into NICL scam. As regards the apex court order directing the reinstatement of Qureshi, it states: “Thus, order dated July 4, 2011 suspending Qureshi or any other order, is quashed/set aside.
He shall be deemed to have been on duty as additional FIA DG pursuant to the order of this court dated July 7, 2011”. Qureshi, the order goes on, is hereby directed to carry out investigation into the cases registered. “He shall complete investigation of the cases expeditiously.” The apex court also warned the FIA DG against intervening or creating hindrance in the investigation being conducted by Qureshi on the courtÂ’s order.
In addition to directives relating to Qureshi, the apex court further ruled that the investigation team, which has already been assisting him, would join him as teammates unless he wants otherwise.
Source: The News