ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday in response to NAB's report against him in the case of Tauqir Sadiq, former chief of the Oil & Gas Regulator Authority (OGRA), dismissed the claim that the accused escaped the country through authorised routes.
NAB is investigating the charges of corruption amounting to billions against Tauqir Sadiq and his illegal appointment as Chairman OGRA.
"FIA after conducting inquiry has informed me that Tauqir Sadiq did not leave Pakistan through authorised routes," he said while talking to reporters here at NADRA headquarters.
He further said that he has ordered registration of a case against Tauqir Sadiq for leaving the country illegally.
"FIA has been asked to inquire through Interpol, Dubai as to why Tauqir was released when a request for his extradition was made to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities," he said.
He said that FIA took the cognizance and tried to trace him in Dubai where he was arrested with the help of Dubai authorities.
Rehman Malik, who visited National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Headquarters here, said name of Tauqir Sadiq was still on ECL.
He made it clear that the allegations about his non-cooperation with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Tauqir's case were totally baseless and a false propaganda.
He said he had earlier ordered inquiry into the fleeing case of Tauqir Sadiq and Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had been asked to submit a report in this regard. He also showed the official record in which he had ordered to put his name on January 19, 2012 within 24 hours of submission of file to his office.
He said there was no influence by Senator Jehangir Badr or anybody else on his office in the case of Tauqir Sadiq.
Answering a question, he said Federal Government has already constituted a Judicial Commission comprising former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal over the death of Kamran Faisal, Assistant Director, NAB, to ascertain the facts behind the cause of his death. He said Kamran Faisal’s death had been declared as suicide by police and as per inquiry report of Deputy Commissioner, but owing to some apprehensions of his family, Judicial Commission was formed which would submit its report.
He said the incident had jolted the entire nation and ,added, his death would be probed thoroughly.
Replying to a question, he said that the arms licence would now be valid for five years instead of one year. He said the licences would be issued after complete scrutiny.
He also appreciated NADRA authorities for introducing different services to facilitate the masses.
He said the authority had issued over 92.8 million identity cards to adult population of the country over the age of 18 years.
He said that the Authority, being the custodian of national identification in Pakistan, had envisaged an Accidental Death Insurance Programme under smart national identity cards (SNICs) that would help government to promote socio-economic culture and reaching out the poorest of the poor.
NADRA has issued around 4,83,000 SNICs in a short period of six weeks, he stated.