Former federal minister Faisal Vawda speaks to the media in Islamabad on Wednesday. — DawnNewsTV
Former federal minister Faisal Vawda on Wednesday accused former director-general (DG) of the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant-General (retd) Faiz Hameed of being the “architect, mastermind and biggest beneficiary” of the Al-Qadir Trust case.
The case alleges that the former premier and his wife obtained billions of rupees and land worth hundreds of kanals from Bahria Town Ltd for legalising Rs50 billion, which was later identified and returned to the country by the UK during the tenure of the PTI government. The case also involves the role of former accountability czar Shahzad Akbar in the repatriation of the Rs50bn.
Vawda said he hoped that the relevant institutions would “connect the dots” in the case since there was no “pay order for corruption”.
“If there is a man whose salary began from Rs100 before the start of his career and then he went on to become someone earning Rs10,000 and gained assets worth Rs100 million, I don’t think you need to go far [in determining the truth].”
Vawda said he was only shedding light on the former spymaster’s alleged corruption for the moment and exhibiting responsibility by not expounding on his “other deplorable crimes”.
Reiterating his claims about Hameed being the biggest beneficiary of the case, Vawda said he was only talking about the former spymaster’s domestic assets for the moment instead of his foreign wealth.
“If you’re moving forward for Pakistan’s sake then by and large there will be accountability across the board. It won’t happen that there will be [accountability] of politicians, police officials, bureaucrats, media persons and businessmen while some people will be above the law.”
Vawda said he had submitted his claims in writing but added that he did not need to provide documents for his allegations. “If any institution concerned has an issue today then I can take it to Chakwal and tell them this [property] is worth this much and if they undervalue it then I will buy it myself by paying more,” he further said.
The former PTI leader also criticised accountability czar Akbar for his role in the Al Qadir Trust case, adding that he had had a “severe argument” with him on the matter.
Vawda claimed he had told Imran that Akbar would flee the country one day, adding that Hameed also had a role in this and other relevant individuals’ escape.