ISLAMABAD -- As Director General of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia settled down in his new position, the agency has summoned three PML-N leaders in the video scandal of former accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik.
The leaders included PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid, PML-N Punjab Information Secretary Uzma Bokhari and party's Deputy Secretary General Attaullah Tarar at the FIA's office in Lahore to record their statements.
Senator Rashid, a close aide to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and Ms Bokhari have been summoned to appear before investigation team on December 30 and Mr Tarar has been asked to ensure his presence on December 27.
Former accountability court judge Arshad Malik had convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case.
On July 6 of this year, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz had held a press conference in Lahore alleging that an 'immoral video' was used to pressurize and blackmail judge Malik to convict her father Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference. He had also made public a video of the judge claiming he (judge) confessed that he was under duress to convict form PM-an allegation to which the judge later denied.
Pervaiz Rashid, Uzma Bokhari, Attaullah Tarar asked to record statements at Agency's Lahore office
Ijaz Ahmed Sheikh, the principal investigator of the FIA in the case, has issued separate notices to all three PML-N leaders under section 160 CR.P.C (Code of Criminal Procedure) in the FIR no 24/2019 registered by agency's Cyber Crime Wing in Islamabad.
'This Agency is conducting investigation in the subject case and reportedly you are well aware of the facts and circumstances of this case. Therefore, you are directed to appear before the investigation officers at FIA Zonal Office-I ... in Lahore on Dec 30,' said the notice issued to the Senator Rashid.
Zia was the head of the Joint Investigation Team who had gathered evidence against Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the Panama Papers case and was posted, last month, as the new DG replacing Bashir Ahmed Memon.