New FIA chief meets PM Imran Khan as predecessor resigns
ISLAMABAD: The newly-appointed director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia, who rose to fame for heading the Joint Investigation Team that proved NAB references against former premier Nawaz Sharif, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Monday.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who was one of the prominent players in Panama Papers case, was appointed Minister of State Interior.
He will hold dual charge of the special assistant and the state minister.
In regards to this, Mr Khan said that fighting organised crime including corruption, cybercrime, economic crime, immigration-related crimes and money laundering, as well as carrying out across-the-board accountability, were the main priority of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s agenda.
The new FIA chief assured PM Khan that he would do his best to serve the country with fervor.
Meanwhile, former FIA DG Bashir Memon resigned from service to indicate protest against being posted out close to his retirement date.
The resignation had been signed on Nov 29, the day Mr Memon was asked to report to the establishment division and Mr Zia was appointed in his place.
The former DG was due to retire on Dec 17. He had been on leave from work since September and resumed work only last week. He was said to be under pressure for arresting leaders of political parties in different cases.
Also after the massive reshuffle in bureaucracy last Friday, the federal government on Monday notified some other postings and transfers.
While federal postal services secretary Hamid Haroon was asked to report to the establishment division with immediate effect, communications secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik was given the additional charge of postal services in his place.
Trade secretary Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera was given the additional charge of textile secretary.