ISLAMABAD - Additional Director General FIA and chief investigator in NICL scam Thursday informed the National Assembly panel that Moonis Elhai had allegedly done money laundering to break the trail of Rs 320 million that he shared from the embezzled money of mega corruption scandal.
Zafar Qureshi informed this to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Commerce that met at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Khurram Dastagir Khan of PML-N to seek briefing on the scam from FIA.
Zafar Ahmed Qureshi while briefing the committee said that FIA was also investigating the money laundering aspect of the case adding that FIA Headquarters was not cooperating with him to bring back Rs 150 million that Moonis transferred to EFG bank at UK. Mr Qureshi asked that money laundering was another offence and findings of the inquiry would fix the responsibility when Kashmala Tariq, MNA and member of the committee, questioned him why a separate case had not been registered against Moonis Elahi on charges of money laundering.
He said that FIA investigations revealed that Rs 320 million, which Moonis Ealhi allegedly got through two fake bank accounts, were passed through different accounts to break its trail and the offence came under the money laundering law. Among Rs 320 million, Rs100 million was transferred through hundi (hawala) from Dubai to account of Elahis wife at Allied Bank Liberty Market Branch and this is also money laundering as she had no business background, he said.
The government has defied every direction of Supreme Court in connection with National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam, he said adding that he had been suspended thrice and transferred for four times while investing this case. He said that FIA did not make any progress in investigations of the case since April 18 when he was removed from the investigation till the date he again resumed his charge.
He also said he had requested the government to arrange private qualified lawyer for NICL scam as the assistant director level prosecutors of FIA were not competent enough to compete the defence lawyers who were more effective and learned. He further said he had made Rs1.76 billion recovery, the record recovery in any scam of the countrys history, in the two land purchase cases by NICL.
in Lahore while 420 million were yet to be recovered from the accused. Moonis Elahi had given no recovery till yet and Rs320 million are yet to be recovered from him, he added.
Mr Qureshi while briefing the committee said that NICL had purchased two pieces of land near Moza Toor Warriach and airport in Lahore at exorbitant prices that was later evaluated by NESPAK. Four separate FIRs were registered against the accused, who were later arrested except Mohsin Habib Warriach, Qasim Amin Dada, Syed Javed and Rana Akram who are proclaimed offenders in these cases and whose red warrants have been issued through Interpol, he informed the committee.
The committee recommended to the Interior Ministry that Mr Qureshi should be provided full financial and human resources to investigate the case with the observation that the scam was a big failure of oversight by the Ministry of Commerce.
Deputy Director FIA Karachi, Altaf Hussain while briefing about the land purchase cases by NICL in Karachi informed that he had recovered Rs 356.2 million from the accused while the remaining Rs 131 million amount would be recovered soon. Khalid Anwar, Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Akbar, allegedly front man of Ayaz Khan Niazi, an accused in the scam and former Chairman NICL, were proclaimed offenders in the scam and their red warrants had been issued, he said. NICL had purchased the land from accused at much higher rates than the market near Korangi Karachi, he added. He said that there was no substantial progress into the investigations of the land that NICL purchased in Dubai due to the involvement of foreign country. The committee members expressed their displeasure over the FIA Karachi office for poorly investigating the case and summoned Director FIA Karachi Moazzam Jah in the next meeting.
Earlier, National Highway Authority (NHA) representatives informed the committee that the movement of NATO and ISAF carriers caused Rs 122 billion losses to the exchequer since 2001 in the form of the damage to the countrys infrastructure. The committee was informed that these were not paying any duty except toll taxes as a result of understanding between the UK government, representative of NATO and Pakistan. Secretary Ministry of Commerce said that the matter was related to the military affair and the ministry did not deal with it. The committee recommended that NATO/ISAF supplies should become under the ambit of law and referred the matter to the Parliamentary Committee of Defence.