Ex-minister Hamid Kazmi sentenced to 16 years in jail in Hajj corruption case

former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi
Asserting its verdict within the Hajj corruption case in the present day (Friday), a session court docket in Islamabad has sentenced former spiritual affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi to 16 years in jail.

The 2 different accused within the rip-off, former further secretary to ministry of spiritual affairs Aftab Ahmed and former director-general Hajj Rao Shakeel had been sentenced to 16 years and 40 years in jail respectively.

The Hajj rip-off had surfaced in 2010 after the then Minister for Science and Know-how Azam Swati accused ex-religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi of corruption following which the Supreme Court docket in 2010 took suo moto discover of the case.

Kazmi, Rao Shakeel and Aftab had been accused of indulging in widespread corruption throughout the course of renting residential buildings for Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and inflicting a lack of tens of millions of rupees to the nationwide exchequer.

Learn extra: Supreme Court announces verdict in Hajj corruption case

A case was registered resulting in Kazmi’s arrest on March 15, 2011 however he was granted bail by a Rawalpindi court docket in August 2012.

In its determination in 2013, the Supreme Court docket had ordered FIA to hold out thorough investigation of this case.

Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had sacked each Kazmi and Swati from their workplaces.

On 2nd September, 2009, Kazmi had survived an obvious try on his life by motorcycle-borne gunmen who shot at his automotive close to a bustling market within the capital.

Learn extra: Hajj Corruption cases

The motive force of the automobile was killed on the spot, whereas a safety guard was wounded.

The ex-minister was wounded within the leg and underwent surgical procedure for fractures.Whereas the police didn’t touch upon the doable motives for the drive-by assault.

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