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- Saturday, December 15, 2012 - From Print Edition




THE Lahore High Court on Friday ordered Federal Investigation Agency to issue red warrants for arrest of Asim Malik, the owner of visa consultancy firm Future Concern, after the agency told the court that the accused had fled the country despite placing of his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).


Following the court notices, FIA DG Anwar Virk, along with other officers, appeared before the court of Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi for proceedings regarding more than 100 petitions against Asim Malik. The DG stated that the accused had fled the country.


Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi expressed serious concern at this and observed that escape of the accused despite being on the ECL was shocking.


The judge directed the DG to fix the responsibility on delinquent officials who helped the accused escape and take action against them.


The judge further directed the FIA DG to seek help of the Interpol for the accused’s arrest and submit a compliance report on the next hearing, December 21.


The judge was hearing over hundreds petitions against Asim Malik, the CEO of Future Concern. The petitioners pleaded that they had given money to Malik for going abroad but they were defrauded.


They said Malik had neither sent them abroad nor did he return their money.


In this case, the court had already ordered the FIA to confiscate assets of Asim Malik and his dependents and also put his name on the ECL. On the court’s direction Malik had surrendered his Pakistani passport, however, he did not submit foreign passport despite repeated orders.


warrants: An Additional District and Sessions Court Friday issued arrest warrants for six police officials for not complying with the court orders.


The court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for sub-inspectors including, Muhammad Arshad and Jahanzeb Khan, constables including, Faqir Hussain, Khalid Mehmood, Ismael and Naveed.


The court had summoned said officials to appear before the court as prosecution witnesses but they did not bother to comply with the court orders.


On this, the court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants against them directing authorities concerned to ensure their arrest and produce them before the court on the respective next hearings of the cases.