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Zafar Hijazi moves IHC in record tampering case

ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) former chairman Zafar Hijazi on Saturday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against a special court’s dismissal of his acquittal plea in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills record tampering case.

Hijazi in his petition requested the IHC to declare the special court’s decision null and void.

Two weeks back, a special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) indicted Hijazi in a record tampering case pertaining to Chaudhry Sugar Mills owned by the Sharif family.

According to the charge sheet, Hijazi had coerced his subordinates to change dates on documents related to the sugar mills. Hijazi pleaded not guilty to the charges before the special court judge, Iram Niazi.

His counsel argued that the statement of SECP officer, Maheen Fatima, was not solid enough to initiate trial proceedings against Hijazi. However,  the prosecutor opposed the remarks, following which Hijazi was indicted.

Hijazi was arrested by FIA on July 21 after the expiry of his bail before arrest.

A 28-page enquiry report was submitted by the FIA to the Supreme Court on July 9, in which it had accepted the decision of the joint investigation team investigating the offshore assets of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif with regards to the Panama Papers case.

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