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FIA’s Wajid Zia records statement in Dar’s case

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director Wajid Zia who headed the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT), appeared before the accountability court yesterday where corruption proceedings are underway against former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Zia is a key prosecution witness in the reference against Dar, accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

As Zia appeared in court, he submitted volume one and nine of the original Panama case JIT report and began recording his statement.

He informed the court that the FIA forwarded his name for inclusion in the JIT, adding that on May 5 the Supreme Court ordered the formation of the JIT under him.

He then informed the court of the work they did related to the former finance minister, stating that Dar’s assets were shown to be Rs9.1 million according to his wealth statement in 1991 and Rs831.6 million in the 2008-09 statement.

Zia added Dar failed to prove the enormous growth in his assets before the JIT.

Moreover, Zia confirmed his signature on the JIT report before the judge.

After Zia’s statement was recorded, the hearing was adjourned until February 14. –Agencies

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