LAHORE -The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Islamabad Headquarters has sought a report from all its directors and zones on proclaimed offenders (PO), sources said on Friday.
They said the headquarters woke up to the previous month’s report a report , saying that POs were roaming freely and the FIA Anti Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) was yet to arrest 1,641 POs.
The sources claimed that the performance of FIA had been declining since Waqar Haider took charge as FIA Punjab zone director 18 months ago allegedly as a reward of facilitating Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s son Moonis Elahi during his detention in the NICL scam.
A senior FIA official said the director had no interest in the affairs of the agency due to which the performance was declining day by day. As per statistics, the number of proclaimed offenders wanted to the AHTC in December last was 1,410. In the first five months of this year, the AHTC arrested 133 while 364 new ones were added to the wanted list.
Similarly, 1,424 court absconders were wanted to the AHTC in 2011, of which 148 were arrested during the year. The pendency of court absconders currently stands at 1,397. In the Anti-Corruption Circle (ACC), 35 proclaimed offenders were to be arrested from 2011, of whom four were arrested this year, while three new ones were added. The pendency of court absconders currently stands at five.
In the Commercial Bank Circle (CBC) and the Cyber Crime Circle (CCC), 55 proclaimed offenders were pending from 2011. Of these, 13 have been arrested this year, while 18 new ones were been added. This means 60 proclaimed offenders are yet to be arrested by the two circles. The pendency of court absconders currently stands at 12.
As per statistics, the agency conducted 35 raids last year while it conducted 15 raids in only the first five months of this year. Similarly, the AHTC conducted 87 raids last year while it had conducted 47 raids in only the first five months of this year.