ISLAMABAD: Money laundering case registered against Mutahidda Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) chief, Altaf Hussain has been transferred to Islamabad due to security reasons and unavailability of efficient officers in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Karachi office.

According to sources, FIA registered an FIR (First Information Report) against Altaf Hussain on pressure of secret agencies in FIA’s State Bank circle in haste but later realized that the FIR would be rejected on first hearing because it’s too weak to proceed.  

Then Director General (DG) FIA expressed to shift the case to federal stating that FIA personnel would have to face security problems in 2provincial capital and there is also shortage of efficient officers who have understandings of fiscal issues.  

Reliable source in FIA told that the decision to shift case to Federal Capital was taken on suggestion of two FIA officers and DG FIA, Bashir Memon is under the control of these two high ups since he resumed charge.

Notification to appoint Khawaja Imtiaz as prosecutor in the case has been issued while Deputy Director Legal, F R Naseem Ranjha and Rana Khurram Hussain have been appointed investigation officers of the case.

FIA has also hired services of a Chartered Accountant and a banker who would assist Chief investigation officer during the case while a prosecutor has also been hired in Britain whom fee has been paid.

Secret agencies and FIA think that case would be finalized during the period of six to 12 months which is almost impossible because investigation of such a big record is not possible in such short span of time, on the other hand, investigations would also be carried out in other countries including UAE, Canada, UK and other European countries.

Political involvement could also affect the duration of case; senior FIA officers expressed fear about the finalization of case.