Why did FIA back off from investigating PM Shehbaz Sharif?
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has denied interfering with the prosecution and investigation of key government officials, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Muhammed Tahir Rai, Director General of the FIA, presented a short statement to the Supreme Court, which is hearing a suo motu case involving alleged intervention in prosecution and investigation in high-profile cases. Following the submission of a challan, FIA deputy directors Munazza Shaheen and Chand Ashraf replaced Prosecutor Sikandar Zulqarnain Saleem the graft case against PM Shehbaz, according to the statement.
What were the prosecutors told:
The law ministry named Sikandar Zulqarnain and Rao Sami-ud-Din as special public prosecutors on February 16, in addition to Moazzam Habib, who had already been assigned the role.
What did the FIA say:
As he had not arrived in the trial court on that day, Usman Riaz Gill appeared before the special judge central on April 11 and presented an application signed by Prosecutor Sikandar Zulqarnain in which he stated that the FIA DG told him not to appear in court through an investigation officer because the suspects in the case were about to be elected prime minister and chief minister of Punjab, and the parties involved might not be interested in prosecuting them.