Lahore, June 19: The Attorney General of Pakistan’s (AGP) office has constituted a three-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Arsalan case, following the Supreme Court ruling to investigate the alleged payments made by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz to the Pakistan Chief Justice’s son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.
According to sources, the JIT includes the Inspector General of Islamabad Police, and directors from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), reports The Express Tribune.
The members and mandate of the JIT has been suggested and finalised by the PPP-led coalition government.
Former Bahria Town chairman Malik Riaz had accused Arsalan of financial impropriety, claiming that he had taken money from him and promised to have his cases pending in court settled amicably.
The Supreme Court on June 14 had directed the AGP to proceed according to the law and take required action against Riaz, his son-in-law Salman and Arsalan.
According to sources, the JIT has been mandated to investigate the wife of the chief justice, his son Arsalan, his mentor Hakeem Abdul Wahab, Malik Riaz and his son-in-law Salman Ali Khan. Besides these two families, the JIT would investigate businessman Ahmad Khalil, alleged to be the go-between, and renowned lawyer Hamid Khan.
According to sources, Riaz had claimed that the money was given primarily for two cases – both of which would be investigated in close detail. One case pertained to the car race accident, which took place in December 2010, as a result of which five persons were killed. Riaz’s son, Ali Riaz, faced the murder charges. The second case is said to be the one pertaining to the murder of a Bahria Town guard Fayyaz Ahmad. (ANI)