Sindh asks Centre to form judicial commission on FIA actions


KARACHI, Pakistan; The Sindh government has decided to request the federal government to constitute a judicial commission on actions taken by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the province.

“The provincial government deems the actions of FIA and NAB (National Accountability Bureau) in Sindh as `a strode over move’ of its limits and jurisdiction,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister House here said on Saturday.

The statement said Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had offered Pakistan Peoples Party chief Asif Ali Zaradri that he was ready to constitute a judicial commission into the raids and seizures of FIA in Sindh, if the latter (Zardari) desired so.

“The Sindh government would appreciate if Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, in order to keep the record straight, takes a bold initiative to constitute a judicial commission into the FIA raids in Sindh,” it said, adding that the FIA had taken away more than 15,000 files of KMC (Karachi Municipal Corporation).

The Sindh government viewed that the FIA had no authority and jurisdiction to conduct raids in its offices.

“The provincial government has its own mechanism to take action against corruption in its departments. The FIA under a self-proclaimed authority has taken over the role of anti-corruption in the limits of provincial government which is unconstitutional, illegal and against the spirit of 18th amendment.”

The statement said the findings of the judicial commission would help remove misunderstandings developed on the issue of FIA and NAB jurisdiction or action in Sindh.

“This is a very good, pragmatic and bold offer on the part of Minister for Interior,” the statement said.

Source: APP

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