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?he govt is trying to tighten the noose around PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, who vowed to topple the PML-N regime. — AFP file photo
?he govt is trying to tighten the noose around PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, who vowed to topple the PML-N regime. — AFP file photo

ISLAMABAD: In what seems to be a tit-for-tat response, the government is trying to tighten the noose around Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, who has vowed to launch a movement to topple the incumbent PML-N regime.

The government seems to be using the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to twist the arm of one of its biggest critics, who recently arrived from Canada.

After initiating the inquiry against Dr Qadri, the FIA contacted the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to obtain information regarding Dr Qadri and PAT’s tax returns, along with the details of his and his party’s assets.

“We have received a letter from the FIA today, in which the agency has sought the details of the assets belonging to Dr Qadri and his party,” a senior ECP official told Dawn.

He said that Dr Qadri had contested elections in 2002, thus the details of his assets were available in the official gazette issued 12 years ago. However, he and his party did not take part in the 2013 elections, thus the records are not up-to-date.

The official said that the details would be provided to the FIA.

Meanwhile, FIA Islamabad Director Iman Ghani refused to give details of the investigation being conducted by the agency.

“I have no knowledge about it, because no such investigation has been launched by FIA Islamabad,” he claimed.

Dr Qadri returned to the country from Canada on Monday soon after a tragic incident that took place in Model Town Lahore in which 12 workers of PAT were killed in a clash with the Punjab police. At this, Dr Qadri vowed to take revenge for the blood of his workers by toppling the government, through what he called a ‘revolution’.

Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2014

Comments (16) Closed

sharouk Jun 27, 2014 06:54am

How about first investigating assets of Chief Thief Nawaz Sharif, Short Looter Shahbaz Sharif, & Mr. 10% Asif Ali Zardari?

Tariq K Sami Jun 27, 2014 08:16am

Shahbaz Sharif must resign and allow a fair investigation of the Lahore Model Town Massacre.

The CJ of Pakistan must be under moral and legal pressure to take suo moto action as it involves citizens most basic rights the right to life.

Arv Jun 27, 2014 08:54am

Seems he is " Baba Ramdev "of Pakistan .

kilich Khan Jun 27, 2014 09:11am

How many times will they accuse the power of government for their own self righteous cause!!!...I am so sick and tired of it.

Em Moosa Jun 27, 2014 09:27am

There should be investigation of all particularly Sharif and Zardari. How sharifs who migrated to Pakistan soil in 1956 reached to the status of the richest family of the country. How Zardari whose father was owner of two Karachi cinemas is now trillionaire.

mohammadnoonnanna Jun 27, 2014 09:32am

An excellent move to probe the assets of TuQ. It is right of the gov to investigate such huge assets / sources of income etc, But it should not be restricted to TuQ only and others need to be probed.

Enaam E. Hanid Jun 27, 2014 09:50am

Let us see how this liar TuQ will conceals about the facts of his and his party assets and income.

Felix1124 Jun 27, 2014 11:15am

Funny how all the geniuses commenting here don't know that whoever contests an election has their assets declared to the Election Commission os the only person with something to hide here is Mr. Qadri himself.

Riz Jun 27, 2014 03:20pm

Surely TuQ has more skeletons in his cupboard than just his finances. That should all be checked. The clergy in most countries are guilty of many indiscretions and TuQ's background in that regard should be fully investigated.

sameer Jun 27, 2014 06:13pm

But who will investigate Nawaz and Shahbaz Shareefs billions since they came into power?

M aslam Jun 27, 2014 08:22pm

@sharouk All assets are declared in the election commission. Now it is the turn of Mullah who has billions to spend on media.

Syed Ahmed Jun 27, 2014 08:29pm

Has the FIA completed investigation against highly corrupt politicians such as Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Ishaque Dar, Ex-PMs Gilani and Raja Rental?

Asif Effendi Jun 27, 2014 09:01pm

Now the government brings in terror tactics to discourage any dissention. Instead of fixing stuff, let us scare people so no one will ask any questions. Pakistan Zindabad

malick Jun 28, 2014 12:16am

Hello Mr. Sharouk, for your information, Mr. 10 % Mr Zardari, the greatest man of the world is clean like crystal clear. Better you brush up your mind or get it dry cleaned and remove the zink dirt stuck in your brain.

Ghani K Jun 28, 2014 03:50am

So FIA is playing the game of pick & choose. Why does n't agency investigate the assets of Sharifs and Zardari here in the country and overseas ? The top richest families remain untouchables.

Ahmed Jun 28, 2014 03:52am

yeah...get him...:-)