Update: Two Pakistani officials suspended for ordering immediate arrest of Sindh home minister
The chief of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has suspended two senior officials of the agency for ordering immediate arrest of Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, home minister of the country's Sindh province as well as a close friend of President Asif Zardari and spouse of National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.
Earlier, the FIA issued orders for immediate arrest of the home minister of Sindh province, Dr Zulfiaqar Mirza, who is a close friend of President Asif Zardari and spouse of National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.
However, sources close to the Sindh home minister have termed the FIA orders incorrect, saying that all cases against him had ceased to exist prior to February 2008 elections.
Apparently, the sources were referring to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) that was promulgated by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to absolve Zardari and his spouse Benazir Bhutto along with many others of all the corruption cases registered between a specific period. The law was challenged before the top court of the country and it is generally believed that Zardari is not restoring the former top judge of the country, who was deposed by Musharraf, because the incumbent president fears that the judge might annul the promulgation of the NRO.
FIA has issued orders for immediate arrest of the Sindh Home Minister, Zulfiqar Mirza. Senior journalist, Abdul Sattar Khan reported that FIA Crime Circle Hyderabad’s Additional Director, Bashir Ahmad Bhutto has issued orders for the arrests of 33 persons including President Asif Ali Zardari’s close friend and Sindh Home Minister, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza.
The arrest order said that the Sindh home minister was declared an absconder and proclaimed offender in a case registered in January 2000. The case against Zulfiqar Mirza was filed in matters relating to Mirza Sugar Mills at Badin. According to the report, Sindh home minister’s close sources terming these orders incorrect said that all cases against him (Mirza) had ceased to exist prior to February 2008 elections.