The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has filed a case against the former federal minister and PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi. The case pertains to alleged money laundering of Rs720 million.
Pertinent to mention, an investigation against Moonis Elahi had already begun during Imran Khan’s tenure when the country faced a sugar crisis. FIA had collected material against Moonis Elahi while investigating Rahim Yar Khan Group’s own Alliance Sugar Mills wherein the former federal minister is a shareholder.
The investigation had resulted in cases against the incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, his sons, and PTI disgruntled leader Jahangir Tareen. Meanwhile, as per media reports, a spokesperson for the NAB had said that there is no pending inquiry against Moonis Elahi and termed such reports as part of propaganda against the national graft buster.
Now, with the change in government, the FIA has become active again. According to details, the FIA has accused Moonis Elahi of embezzling money out of Pakistan. It is also probing suspicious transactions worth Rs250 million regarding the PML-Q leader’s sugar mills.
Moonis Elahi ready to take FIA head on
In response, Moonis Elahi has decided to challenge the FIA case in the Lahore High Court. As per Moonis Elahi, the FIA missed legal steps as he came to know about the FIA case through the media. However, he was ready to face all such “bogus” cases.
He also said that the FIA did not send any notice to him, nor did it initiate an inquiry. Had the FIA sent a notice then he would have appeared.
— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) June 15, 2022
On the other hand, Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah said that Moonis “must not express such annoyance and must know that this is a gift from Imran Khan that these revelations came to the fore due to the probe by the Sugar Inquiry Commission”.
Rana Sanaullah said that the inquiry was completed in Imran Khan’s tenure and it was “decided at the time that Moonis Elahi be arrested”.