ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has raised serious questions over the conduct of Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the ongoing Panamagate case probe by a joint investigation team (JIT) into the Sharif family’s offshore wealth. A three-judge implementation bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, warned the civilian intelligence agency against harassing the JIT members, investigating the allegations of corruption against the ruling family in line with the top court’s historic April 20 verdict in the Panama Papers case. “Harassment of JIT members must be stopped forthwith, otherwise we will have to pass unpleasant orders,” remarked Justice Ijazul Ahsen. The judge asked Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali to tell government officials to “remain in limits”. SECP chief calls for a thorough inquiry in Whatsapp call controversy Another judge, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, asked the AGP to tell the IB officials to immediately stop harassing members of the probe body. “Advise your government not to create obstructions in the operation of the JIT and don’t enforce us to pass any order,” Justice Sheikh said. “For god’s sake, don’t use IB in this matter.” The judge went on to ask whether the agency was working for private individuals or the state of Pakistan. He observed the IB committed a crime by passing on the information of JIT members to a private person (Hussain Nawaz). The bench sought legal assistance from AGP regarding IB’s role in the Panamagate proceedings. Justice Khan asked the AGP to inform the court [Read More…]
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended on Monday the contract of DG Intelligence Bureau (IB) Aftab Sultan for the third time, said a PM House statement. He was appointed by the prime minister as the head of the civilian intelligence agency after coming into power in 2013. The first two extensions were granted for one year each while this time it is for two years. Sultan is a retired police official, who according to sources, enjoys the premier’s trust, and was appointed as IG Punjab before the 2013 general elections by then caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi. Sources in the federal government said prime minister extended his contract as he played a positive role during Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s 126-day sit-in in Islamabad. Da’ish an emerging threat to Pakistan, says IB chief “The prime minister was apprised of all the developments during the PTI sit-ins by Aftab Sultan,” added the sources. ”With the extension of two more years in his tenure, Sultan is all set to foil conspiracies against the government, particularly possible sit-ins by the PTI, which are rumoured to be staged in Punjab.” Under Sultan’s leadership, the IB is said to have improved its performance, contributing in Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and extremism. The post PM extends DG IB’s term for third time appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
From Print Edition
Around a dozen robbers had the gall to strike at the under-construction building of an intelligence agency in Clifton recently and make away with equipment costing over Rs700,000.
In an FIR registered with the Boat Basin police station, it is stated that 11 or 12 entered the Intelligence Bureau’s under construction building No ST-20 in Block-2, Clifton, Shirin Jinnah Colony on Thursday.
They held the watchman hostage at gunpoint and roughed him up. They tied him up and blindfolded him. Then they retrieved the keys from the table drawer by breaking its lock. They also held the labourers working there hostage and tied them up too. The robbers then searched the entire building and took away an air conditioner, a TV set, electrical equipment, 22 ceiling fans, eight large chandeliers and other expensive items.
In the FIR, looted items worth Rs258,000 belonged to the IB, while the contractor of the building suffered a loss of Rs444,000.The complainant in the FIR is the contractor, Muhammad Akbar. The police registered a case, No 688/13, under Section 395 of the Pakistan Panel Code that deals with robbery and theft.
The police said they had arrested the watchman and were interrogating him.The contractor told The News on Monday that the police had been unable to arrest the robbers and recover the looted good. He added the building was actually residential flats for IB officials.
“The watchman is being interrogated to find out why he opened the gate of the building allowing the robbers to enter it.” The contractor said the IB was conducting its own investigation into the matter.The IB is the country’s main civilian intelligence agency. It functions under the direct control of the chief executive of country, either the prime minister or the president.
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