Saturday, August 13, 2022

SC hears Kazmi’s plea seeking abrogation of jail term in Hajj corruption case


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) Friday adjourned hearing of a petition seeking abrogation of jail term awarded to former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi in the Hajj Corruption Case, ARY News reported.

A two-member bench of the apex court comprising of Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan heard the petition today.

Advocate Sardar Latif Khosa represented Kazmi in the case hearing, which was adjourned till next Saturday as Prosecutor of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Azhar Chaudhry, was absent in the hearing.

A local court in Islamabad had awarded 16 years jail sentence to Kazmi in the Hajj corruption case whereas ex-director general (DG) Hajj Rao Shakeel was handed 40-years jail sentence last year.

The scandal came into light after Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the corruption and plight of the Hajj pilgrims in year 2010.

The Haj corruption scandal rocked the country between 2010 and 2012, and led to the departure of then ministers Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Azam Swati from the federal cabinet.

Kazmi also spent nearly two years in prison over charges of irregularities in the 2009 Hajj operation.

Islamabad High Court had rejected a bail plea of Kazmi in the corruption case in 2016.


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