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FIA arrests former PIA official in mega corruption case

KARACHI – Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday arrested former officer of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for his involvement in mega corruption case.

 According to spokesperson for the Agency, the Corporate Crime Circle Karachi apprehended former Director Engineering PIA Maqsood Ahmed and registered a First Information Report (FIR) against him. 

Earlier, Supreme Court in Human Rights case No 11827/S/2018 had ordered Special Audit of PIA which led to Audit Para No 12.1.3 pertaining to corruption and corrupt practices by PIA management in practice of upgraduation of business class seats, In-flight Entertainment Service and integration of both resulting into pecuniary loss of Euro 5.3 million and $ 1.65 million without delivery of any contracted material or services, causing loss to public exchequer. Consequently, an enquiry was initiated by FIA Corporate Crime Circle. 

The enquiry revealed that the then chairmen of PIA Nasser NS Jaffer, Irfan Elahi, the then acting Chief Executive Officer of PIA  Berned Hildenbrand, former Director Engineering Maqsood Ahmed and others by abusing their official position caused huge loss to public exchequer without supply of any contracted goods or services from any company with their ulterior motives for their wrongful gains. 

Hence a case was registered against the said accused under the relevant laws.



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