Ali Zafar’s report gives Tareen a ‘clean chit’, claims Raja Riaz

Tareen loyalists will have ACs, DSPs, SHOs of their choice

By: News Desk      Published: 01:13 PM, 26 May, 2021
Ali Zafar’s report gives Tareen a ‘clean chit’, claims Raja Riaz
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Raja Riaz MNA, one of the outspoken leaders of the group supporting ‘estranged’ Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen, took everybody by surprise on Wednesday when he said Barrister Ali Zafar’s report had given a ‘clean chit’ to Tareen in a corruption reference, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Calling Barrister Zafar a ‘neutral empire’, PTI MNA said his report was a slap on the face of those conspiring against Tareen. “Now there is no justification for the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) probe into ‘estranged’ PTI leader’s case,” Raja Riaz argued.

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“We thank Allah (The Almighty) that we have been exonerated in the graft case,” he concluded.

According to media reports, Senator Ali Zafar has determined after conducting fact-finding that Jahangir Khan Tareen is being unfairly targeted by the government agencies, a conclusion that has been contested by the prime minister’s camp during a meeting held in this regard. A formal report hasn’t been submitted yet; however its key findings have been shared.

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Ali Zafar shared his findings during a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan and Advisor to PM on Accountability Shehzad Akbar were also present in the meeting. Ali Zafar concluded that the charges against Tareen don't hold much substance and that he was further targeted through the registration of FIRs against him and his son.

His findings didn't go uncontested. Shehzad Akbar was asked to give alternative facts in defence of FIA action and Khalid Javed Khan acted as an umpire between the two. Ali Zafar was told that FIRs were registered in line with the recommendations of the Sugar Inquiry Commission. Again, the FIRs were not registered against Tareen, rather, all those held accused are facing the action. After hearing both sides, the Attorney General voted in favour of Shehzad Akbar and held that actions against Tareen were fair.

Tareen loyalists will have ACs, DSPs, SHOs of their choice 

The government of Punjab, in an effort to appease members of ‘estranged’ Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen (JKT) group, has assured them of the appointment of officers of tehsil administration as well as of police of their choice, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

Quoting sources, the channel reported that the provincial government had started working on the offer.

Sources disclosed that the Punjab government had offered to members of the group that not only assistant commissioners (ACs) but deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) as well as the station house officers (SHOs) would also be of their liking.

Reporters Awais Kiani and Qaiser Khokhar