Shahid Hayat, the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Director South, returned to Karachi on Saturday after recovering from double pneumonia.

Hayat was suffering from fever and had contracted the double pneumonia while on a training course in Nairobi, Kenya.

The officer had gotten gravely ill and had been put on a ventilator at the Agha Khan Hospital in Kenya.

Hayat arrived in Karachi at 4am today via Emirates Airlines flight number 604 after a full recovery, FIA sources said.

He previously served as Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) in Karachi.

Regarded as a straight-forward police official, Hayat has had many high-profile cases to his credit. However, it was his involvement in the Mir Murtaza Bhutto murder case that kept him in the news for a long time.

Some high-profile cases whose investigation Hayat headed include the supervision of the probe into the Shahzeb murder case, which culminated in the successful custody of Shahrukh Jatoi, since convicted, and his return to Karachi to face trial. Another case related to the arrest of a man known as the ‘white corolla wallah’.

Hayat was also leading the investigation into the fake degrees scandal involving Axact, in Karachi. He also supervised the investigation into the Abbas Town bombing and arrested several suspects.

Hayat graduated from Punjab University and briefly joined the police service in Punjab in 1991 before he started his long stint in Sindh Police.

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