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Supreme Court issues show cause notice to Rehman Malik

Supreme Court (SC) has issued show cause notice to interior minister A Rehman Malik on transfer of former Director General (DG) FIA, Tariq Khosa terming it interference in the affairs of the court besides seeking explanation from him as to why contempt of court proceedings been not initiated against him on this count.

A 3-member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising justice Chaudhry Ejaz Ahmad and justice Khilji Arif Hussain issued the show cause notice to interior minister during the course of hearing of a petition filed by Advocate Aslam Khaki whereby he had taken the plea transfer of DG FIA Tariq Khosa was malafide.

The petitioner said Tariq Khosa was investigating into a corruption case of Rs 22 billion with regard to Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and he was assisting the court. Rehman A Malik posted him out in sheer violation of police order. No police officer can be transferred before he completes his tenure nor such action can be taken during the process which pertains to some special investigations, he added. .

CJP asked Attorney General (AG) Shah Khawar as to why the interior minister A Rehman Malik interfered in the affairs of the court while Tariq Khosa was cooperating with the court in this case.

AG Shah Khawar informed the court Tariq Khosa was not transferred and he was promoted to the post of secretary.

CJP remarked upon it that transfer of Tariq Khosa was interference in the affairs of court and it will not be tolerated.

Court should name any officer, we will appoint him”, AG Shah Khawar said.

CJP remarked it makes no difference for the court if ten Tariq Khosa come or they be posted out. CJP directed AG to ask from the government and inform the court as to why the government and A Rehman Malik interfered in the affairs of the court.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the explanation given by A.G Shah Khawar the court remarked ” Tariq Khosa be brought back.

AG requested the court he be allowed one day to talk to government and give reply to the court.

“No time will be allowed. What has to be done be done now”, CJP remarked. Only 15 minutes time be allowed to me”, AG said.

However the court refused to give any time to AG in this connection and issued show cause notice to interior minister A Rehman Malik.

The SC has also suspended the proceedings of joint investigation team constituted to probe into Rs 22 billion corruption scam in PSM. The court directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) director Zubair Ahmad to continue his investigations.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till December, 24.

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