ISLAMABAD – The Shoaib Suddle commission on Monday submitted an interim report to the Supreme Court, complaining about non-cooperation on the part of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, Interior Ministry and Islamabad police in the Rs342 million Arsalan-Riaz affair probe.
The one-man commission made a request for another 30 days to complete the probe, saying: “It is requested that the time limit (for completing the inquiry) may be extended for 30 days.”
The panel told the court that on September 10, the Federal Investigation (FIA) director general was directed in writing for temporary attachment of two officials – Law Director Muhammad Azam Khan and Sub-Inspector Imran Al – and the DG replied with a request of conveying the same to the Interior Ministry calling it a competent authority.
“On September 25, the ministry secretary was directed and the ministry suggested in its letter On September 26 that the commission should requisition the services of officials from other departments as the court expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of FIA. On October 1, the probe body, rejecting this ground, re-directed the secretary to comply with its orders but to no avail,” the court was informed.
The report said Riaz was notified on September 11 to submit concise statement listing his allegations against Arsalan lftikhar, along with supporting evidence by September 17, but the Islamabad police failed to serve the notice.
It was mentioned in the report that process server (SI Muhammad Yousaf) told the commission in his statement that the notice “dated 11 / 09 / 2012 was given for service at about 3pm on 17 / 09 / 2012”.
Taking serious notice of this delay, the commission issued a letter of displeasure to the IGP on September 18 while another notice was sent to Riaz for submission of his concise statement along with supporting evidence by September 27.
The interim report maintained that at the moment, the financial worth of the Riaz, Arsalan, Ch Salman Ahmad Khan, Ahmad Khalil, Muhammad Aamir Nawaz Rana and Zahid Rehman had been found relevant to the inquiry.
“On September 27, the Chairman of FBR was directed to provide tax returns, wealth statements and other relevant documents of these individuals in three days.
In response, the FBR requested vide letter on October 3 for extension of time till October 10, which was allowed. On October 2, the Governor of State Bank of Pakistan was asked to direct all the banks under his control to provide certified copies of account opening forms along with statements of account for the last three financial years within 10 days.”
Meanwhile, a two-judge SC bench, consisting of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif, decided to hear the Malik Riaz’s review petition today (Tuesday) against the August 30 judgment on forming the one-man commission. The court has also issued notice to Dr Arsalan and his counsel.
Riaz through his counsel submitted an application to the court, challenging the commission formation.