FIA gives clean chit to Dr Zafar Mirza in face masks export case

By: INP
Published: 08:18 PM, 14 Jun, 2020
FIA gives clean chit to Dr Zafar Mirza in face masks export case
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Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has given a clean chit to Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Affairs Dr Zafar Mirza in a case pertaining to allowing export of 20 million face masks to China in return of obtaining monetary benefits.

The agency completed its probe into the matter and found no role of Dr Zafar Mirza in the case.

The FIA team probing the matter prepared a report, stating that complainant, Pakistan Young Pharmacists, failed to prove anything against Dr Zafar Mirza in the case.

It was alleged that the SAPM on health affairs, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and another official Ghazanfar had received Rs 60 million bribe in return for issuing six permits to Chinese companies aimed at exporting face masks.

The report said that the DRAP imposed a ban on export of masks on January 30 and later issued permits to Chinese companies, allowing export of face masks. The report said that it was found that the export was allowed due to friendly relations between the two neighboring.

The FIA has recommended against pursuing a further probe into the matter.