SIALKOT - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered fraud and corruption cases against as many as nine suspected GPO officials, including an assistant post master, involved in the financial scam amounting to Rs90 million in the pension branch.

Talking to the media here on Friday, senior FIA officials said that assistant post master Malik Muzaffar Hussain along with eight other clerks including Muhammad Arif alias Fauji, Aamir Qureshi, Shehzad Rasheed, M Jamil Variyo, M Jamil, Mudassir Ali, Shehzada and Shahid Nadeem embezzled Rs90 million in the pension funds of the retired employees. He also accused them of making fake official documents and tempering with official record.

The FIA officials elaborated that the special probing team headed by Director Vigilance Pakistan Post Sultan Golden had confirmed the fraud in the department.

He said that Rs5 million had been recovered from the accused.

Strike for job regularisation enters fourth-day: The aggrieved Nadra employees continued their shutter-down strike in Sialkot, Gohadpur, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur, Chawinda and Badiana on the 4th consecutive day as protest against the non-regularisation of their ad hoc jobs.

According to detail, the employees observed a complete strike against the management for not regularising their jobs. The angry protestors demanded job security and equal privileges from the authorities concerned. To denounce the nepotism in the department, the protesters also wore black armbands and staged a sit-in in front of the locked offices.

Talking to the media here on Friday, the protesting officials said that as many as 22 officials including assistant managers, senior system engineers and CRM supervisors of Sialkot, Gohadpur, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur, Chawinda and Badiana had received show-cause notice and termination orders via e-mails from the authorities concerned. They told that the perturbed officials would meet Information and Broadcast Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan at her residence on Saturday (today) to discuss the matters of concern.

The Nadra officials announced to stage a sit-in in front of the Parliament House on Monday (Feb 27) if their demands were not met. The four-day long shutdown has caused difficulties for the locals who are in urgent need of data registration.