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FIA notices to Gilanis: NA committee summons interior secretary

November 15, 2012

A view of the National Assembly. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: A committee of the National Assembly has summoned the Interior Secretary and the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) investigation officer over the issuance of notices to former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his son Abdul Qadir Gilani in connection with the so-called Haj scandal of 2010, DawnNews reported.

The session of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presided over by Abdul Ghafoor, was held here Thursday.

The session was called after Abdul Qadir Gilani complained of receiving threatening notices from the FIA and his father to appear before it.

Director General FIA Anwar Virk appeared before the privileges committee after yesterday’s fiery speeches by Abdul Qadir in which he threatened to resign if no action was taken against the FIA notices.

The standing committee showed its displeasure over the absence of the investigation officer before the meeting and summoned him and the interior secretary later today.

Abdul Ghafoor asked that the DG FIA to issue arrest warrants for the investigation officer over his absence.

He said that if the interior secretary and the investigation officer refused to appear before the committee, then the committee would ‘deal with the matter’ on its own.