'All powerful' Rehman Malik in whitewash mode to quash cases against him

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Islamabad, May 12 (ANI): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been accused of tampering with cases filed against him and for targeting officers who are not ready to toe his line.

The official record of the 1996 cases against Malik has started to disappear and FIA officials who arrested and handled him back in 1996 are now facing his wrath.

A director of FIA in Peshawar confirmed to The News that the record relating to the minister had been misplaced and it is being reconstructed, but he denied they had tampered with the previous record.

The officials have been punished and harassed so much that they have now come on record to publicly complain that the all-powerful Interior Minister is targeting them.

Tariq Malik, FIA's deputy director, who has twice been demoted after he refused to tamper with the record about the charge sheeting of the minister, has now been transferred to Quetta from Islamabad.

Tariq being an FIA inspector had filed a source report in 1996 that led to the registration of an FIR No. 14/96 against Malik, alleging that he received two Honda cars as a bribe from Toyota Company.

The Interior Minister's staff officer summoned Tahir Malik in the ministry six weeks ago and interrogated him on how he came to know about the cars and how was it a bribe. The staff officer then demanded of Malik that he alter his statement to help Rehman Malik get acquitted.

When he refused, in a space of two weeks, he was not only demoted again but also transferred to Quetta, a station that is seeing the pullout of all Punjabi FIA staffers after some of them were murdered there.

All these cases against Rehman Malik stand reopened after the revocation of the NRO but since the FIA is the executing agency, it is lending crucial support to cover up the past cases against their current boss.

Likewise, Sardar Azam, another assistant director, now retired, who had arrested Rehman Malik the day FIR No 14/96 was registered against him, has stated on record that his pension is being elayed as punishment. (ANI)

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