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Arif Hashmi arrested in court by FIA on CJP’s orders – Pakistan

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday arrested Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) former chairman Syed Asif Hashmi from the Supreme Court.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar thanked Hashmi for appearing in court, to which the former ETPB chairman said, “I am here on the court’s orders.”

“You are a proclaimed offender in this court,” the chief justice reminded Hashmi.

“I have pre-arrest bail in six cases against me,” Hasmi replied.

Upon being informed that there are actually eight cases against Hashmi, the chief justice told the agency representatives present in court to arrest the former ETPB chairman in the remaining cases.

Hashmi is wanted by both FIA and National Accountability Bureau in different cases with regard to land deals, illegal recruitment etc.

On his arrival to Pakistan on Feb 10, the FIA had detained him for a while as he had arrived on an emergency passport.

The SC during a hearing of the cases against Hashmi had ordered the PPP leader to come back and face the cases.

Upon his return to the country, Hashmi had said that all the cases against him were “politically motivated.”

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