FIA team head probing sugar mafia replaced

By: News Desk      Published: 11:55 AM, 27 Apr, 2021
FIA team head probing sugar mafia replaced
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The government has removed the head of an FIA investigation team probing into the corruption of sugar barons and sugar mafia ahead of a proposed meeting between Jahangir Tareen’s group of parliamentarians and prime minister later today, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

According to sources, the government removed FIA officer Dr Rizwan who was leading the agency’s joint investigation team looking into corruption and malpractices of the sugar mafia responsible for pocketing billions of rupees by unfairly hiking sugar prices.

The move has surprisingly come hours before a meeting slated to be held later today between Jahangir Tareen’s group of MPs and Prime Minister Imran Khan.  

Dr Rizwan has been replaced by Additional Director Abu Bakar Khuda Bukhsh, the sources said. 

Dr Rizwan was conducting an inquiry against sugar barons including estranged PTI leader Jahangir Tareen, his son Ali Tareen, PML-N President and opposition leader at National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, sugar mafia middlemen and speculative pricing agents with the collaboration of State Bank, FBR, and other regulatory watchdogs.

The sources said Dr Rizwan had completed 70 percent inquiry into the corruption of the sugar mafia and his removal at this point in time has raised many eyebrows. 

Dr Rizwan will continue to work in the FIA team but he would not head the investigation team, the sources said adding that the government has removed Dr Rizwan to save the necks of Jahangir Tareen and Shehbaz Sharif.