Court issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Gilani, Fahim

KARACHI: Federal Anti-Corruption Court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former minister for commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim.

The court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Gilani and Fahim after Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) declared both Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders fugitive in seven Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) cases.

The cases are related to the approval and disbursement of fraudulent trade subsidies by Gilani, Fahim and officials of the TDAP.

Three days back, the anti-corruption court had also issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Gilani and Amin Faheem.

The warrants against the two were issued in a case relating to financial irregularities in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

The case in this regard had been registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when Amin Fahim was Commerce Minister.

Gilani and Fahim had been accused of involvement in Rs7 billion financial scam in TDAP. Muhammad Firdous, the key accused, turned approver against the former prime minister and former federal minister.

The court had previously issued three notices to Gilani and Fahim, requiring them to appear before it. The notices were ignored after which bailable arrest warrants were issued against both the leaders. On Thursday, however, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants and adjourned the hearing till June 17.