LAHORE - Though Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has obtained arrest warrants for former Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman Asif Hashmi from a competent court, but FIA may not succeed in bringing him back from England through Interpol as Pakistan is not a signatory to the extradition treaty with UK in this regard.
An investigator of FIA, seeking anonymity, said, “Though we have got arrest warrants from a court, but these are not sufficient to bring the accused back. We will have to get him declared a proclaimed offender from a court and then perpetual warrants and red warrants will be obtained to contact Interpol for his arrest,” said the investigator who was not hopeful of the arrest of the accused. Sources said even red warrants would play no role in the arrest of Asif Hashmi for Pakistan was not a signatory to the extradition treaty with UK.
It is worth mentioning here that Hashmi is at present in UK. “The process of his red warrants will begin after he is declared a proclaimed offender,” an official said.
Meanwhile, former federal secretary Abdul Ghaffar Soomro who is also nominated in the case has got protective bail. FIA Lahore Director Qudratullah Khan Murawwat is heading the investigation.
The accused have allegedly caused a loss of millions of rupees to the exchequer in a shoddy land deal with Defence Housing Authority, Lahore.
The nominated people are accused of selling to DHA ETPB’s 843 kanals land located in Mauza Mota Singhwala and Mauza Lidhar where phase-V1 of DHA has been developed. The accused had revised the deal, agreeing to receive 25 percent of the undeveloped plots instead of 33 percent developed exemption plots.
In the year 2009 red warrants of Taqi Riaz in a Wapda bond fraud case were issued, but no arrest has been made so far. An FIA officer said red warrants for the main accused of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL), Amin Dada, Mohsin Habib Waraich and Javed Syed, were issued in 2010. Red warrants for proprietor of Future Concern, Asim Malik, and his wife Zobia Rubab Malik, allegedly involved in the fraud of millions of rupees, were issued in 2013, but no arrest has been made so far for all the accused are living in the UK and Pakistan authorities cannot bring them back due to the legal hindrance.
A trial court had confiscated properties worth Rs 1 billion in the multi-billion National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scandal. The move was requested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials against Mohsin Habib Warraich, son of former state minister for defence production Habibullah Warraich, Amin Qasim Dada and Javed Syed, both former directors of NICL Board, and Rana Muhammad Ali, the manager of Mohsin Habib Warraich’s firm, under Section 188 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc).