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Ex-FIA director Dr. Rizwan passes away

ARY anchorperson Arshad Sharif expresses concern over the ‘sudden death’ of Dr. Rizwan, who was presiding over FIA investigations against PM Shehbaz Sharif.

Former Director of Federal Investigation Agency Dr. Rizwan died of cardiac arrest today.

The family sources have confirmed that Dr. Rizwan suffered a heart attack and was immediately given medical attention but couldn’t make it.

Notably, the former director had been a cancer patient and recovered from the deadly disease last year.

Arshad Sharif, an anchorperson at ARY News, expressed concern over ‘the mysterious death’ of NAB officer Kamran Faisal in 2013 and the ‘sudden death’ of Dr. Rizwan.

Taking to Twitter, Sharif said officers investigating large cases without pressure are intimidated. However, he fell short of naming anyone who could be involved.

‘Dr. Rizwan was sent on leave as soon as this government came. And then it happened,’ he said.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr. Rizwan sent a request for leaves on April 9 following the regime change in Pakistan.

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He was presiding over the entire investigations of FIA against Shehbaz Sharif and his family in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case, Jahangir Khan Tareen in the JDW Sugar Mills case, and the family of federal minister Khusro Bakhtiar as well as the Chaudaries of Gujrat in the Alliance Sugar Mills case.

Director Mohammad Rizwan had also launched an investigation against money launderers.

In 2018, when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) formed the government, Rizwan remained attached to Asset Recovery Unit (ARU) led by Shahzad Akbar. It later earned him the Director FIA Lahore Zone-I post in December 2019.

Meanwhile, Kamran Faisal, 35, who was investigating the scam along with another officer Asghar Khan, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his official residence at Federal Lodges in January 2013.

Mr. Faisal was investigating the RPP scam under ‘pressure’ and had recently requested the Supreme Court to exclude him from the case, Dawn reported.

His father ruled out the possibility of his son committing suicide because of any family problem.

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However, according to the autopsy report presented by a five-member board of Poly Clinic Hospital doctors, Faisal’s death was suicidal in nature.

The report also ruled out the possibility of the NAB officer being tortured or receiving any injury that could have caused his death.