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DG FIA Bashir Memon resigns

Devil Soul

Jun 28, 2010
FIA DG Bashir Memon resigns in protest
By haider naseem

Says he was being pressured to file lawsuits against opposition leaders
Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon has resigned from his post days ahead of his retirement date in protest. According to the sources, he was under pressure to file lawsuits against the opposition leaders.

The DG FIA has sent his resignation letter to the Establishment Division secretary in which he wrote that “it is against etiquettes to transfer a government official, who is about to retire”.

“Transferring a few days before retirement means that the government is not happy with me. I resign from the job in view of the government’s decision,” he added.

According to the sources, Memon went on leave on September 28 due to a dispute over some issues with the government. However, he came to duty on November 25, they added.

The sources said Memon returned to duty to prepare his pension papers; however, the government transferred him due to which he resigned.

The sources said that there was pressure on Memon to set up cases against the opposition leaders which he refused to succumb to.

According to the sources, the Prime Minister Office asked the Establishment Division secretary as to how Memon came back now that they would be deploying a new person on his position. The secretary replied that he came for a few days.

The secretary and Memon held a meeting in which the latter made it clear that he had come to complete his time till retirement and if there was any resentment he would resign. Memon had resigned in protest on November 29.

The government has appointed former Panama Papers joint investigation team head Wajid Zia as the FIA DG.

Devil Soul

Jun 28, 2010
Outgoing DG FIA leaves behind legacy of resistance to unlawful orders


ISLAMABAD: An uneasy relationship between Bashir Ahmed Memon and a top government official culminated at the former’s resignation from service on the day he was removed from the post of FIA Director General, apparently as an expression of displeasure for not obeying the unlawful orders relating to the arrests of key opposition leaders through fake cases.

“It is usual courtesy in official working not to post out any officer nearing retirement. I have been denied this courtesy, which, in my opinion, is an expression of displeasure towards me. Aforementioned in view, I tender my resignation from service,” reads his resignation letter addressed to Secretary Establishment. Late Friday, he was replaced withPanama Papers JIT-fame Wajid Zia who was holding the charge of IG Railways after.

Memon, a BS-22 police officer of courage and character has been through thick and thin his entire career for saying ‘no’ to the high and mighty. Since every choice has its price, he paid it happily and stood the ground. During PPP government, he earned the ire of Asif Ali Zardari, then president, who had him removed from the position of DIG Hyderabad. Incidentally, both of them not only belonged to the same area, they were together at Petaro Cadet College. Zardari was his senior. Memon nevertheless didn’t compromise when was assigned investigation against Muzaffar Tappi, step-brother of Zardari. Fake account scandal that has landed Zardari in jail was also unearthed by FIA under Memon’s watch.

Yet another showdown awaited him soon after he was appointed DG FIA. A money-laundering investigation against an MQM MNA was under progress and the government wanted FIA not to put him on notice. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was prime minister. One day he called Memon who had already refused to secretary interior on this matter. “We have to run the House (National Assembly). Please help us (by not pursuing the case),” Abbasi is quoted to have requested Memon. “Sir, running the House is your responsibility and the law-enforcement is mine,” he replied. Contrary to expectations, Abbasi not only appreciated his blunt answer but also said he needed more straightforward officers like him. On the occasion, Abbasi asked for anything he could do to improve FIA and allocated as much funds as demanded by Memon.

As PTI formed the government, Memon thought the days of facing political pressure were over. The events that followed were not less than rude shocks for him. He was simultaneously being pressed on fabricating cases against key opposition leader. “Name any noted opposition leader,” an official said when asked to explain against whom the government wanted cases registered. Most of them were from PML-N but a number of PPP politicians were also on radar.

Sharif family was at the top. The government was unhappy when FIA submitted a reply before SC that it couldn’t find any tangible evidence to proceed against Nawaz Sharif and others. “You could have lingered it on, no matter there was no evidence,” a top government official told him conveying displeasure on its closure. Other than Nawaz Sharif, the government wanted to proceed against Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on the basis of Asghar Khan Case as it was also conveyed to FIA.

Shahbaz Sharif was the next target. As Memon refused to proceed unless any substantial evidence is found against him, he was asked to collect it by holding meetings with bureaucrats who had served under Shahbaz. At one point, he was sent to Lahore for the purpose. After failing to have him arrested through FIA, NAB was involved. A day after Shahbaz’ arrest, FIA was taunted for not cooperating and NAB was lauded for swift action. “You see, I have made one call to him and he arrested Shahbaz the following day,” a top government official told Memon. In another meeting a few days later, he was told that NAB has started even arresting opposition politicians who are being named “next target of NAB” in talk shows by government spokesperson. “This is called loyalty,” he was reminded. Pressure started fizzling out on FIA after NAB took over this assignment, said an official.

As Shahbaz was on bail at the time Maryam Nawaz held presser on accountability judge’s video scandal, FIA was again under pressure to arrest all the noted PML-N leaders who were in attendance. Maryam Nawaz was the first target this time. As Memon argued that it could not be done on the basis of presser, a desperate government official demanded the arrest of Senator Pervez Rashid if not Maryam. But there was no answer to the question that under what law it could be done. Starting investigation against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was another demand. Under what excuse? Find something from Air Blue, he was told. Arrest of Ali Jehangir Siddiqui was also on the government’s wishlist.

How to do it? Find some irregularity in his partnership with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Air Blue business or something wrong he would have done as ambassador in Washington. At this Foreign Office intervened that it would be disastrous making foreign ministry controversial. Then came another order. Implicate the foreign ministry’s official trying to save Siddiqui. How to do this? Allege the official of taking bribe from Siddiqui for ambassadorial posting. Khawaja Asif was yet another target and still is. The government wanted him to implicate on the grounds that since he had UAE iqama, he had been selling national secrets to a foreign government as foreign minister.

Where to get evidence? More so because Supreme Court had already cleared him. There was no answer. Memon was then told to issue a press release announcing that he is being investigated for committing treason by sharing secrets with a foreign government. Memon refused to do that saying FIA can’t make such an announcement in absence of any evidence. During a heated debate, Memon told a top bureaucrat that if FIA starts registering cases on such flimsy grounds, a time comes when PM will face such charges on the basis of spending times with his sons who are British citizens.

Before ANF, Rana Sanaullah’s arrest was also decided through FIA which refused again due to the want of evidence. “At least, on four occasions, Memon was asked to pick Rana Sanaullah on any charge,” an official privy to the situation said.

Son of former Chief Justice, Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry, PML-N’s Engineer Amir Muqam Khurram Dastgir, Javed Latif, Rana Mashood and Khawaja Saad Rafique were also on the hitlist but FIA refused to register case without any substantial evidence. Khursheed Shah was arrested through NAB after non-cooperation from FIA. Sherry Rehman, Rehman Malik and Mustafa Khokhar were other PPP leaders the government wanted to arrest by FIA. NAB former chairman Ch Qamarul Zaman also forms the part of potential targets.

Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb were not immune from these threats either. The main charge against them was speaking against the government. “How comes do they dare castigating us while sitting in Pakistan,” FIA was told. I need to take some officials from FIA along during the next visit of an Arab state, said a top man. “You will see his administration. Nobody can dare speaking against him,” Memon was told with reference to an Arab ruler.

As one PIA inquiry was pending with FIA wherein the recovery of an outstanding amount from Airbus company was under discussion which current PIA MD has managed to recover, FIA was asked if there was any politician involved in it. Upon the answer in negative, a top government official grumbled: “These (opposition) politicians are barking dogs. All of them must be in jail.” However, a top government official’s reaction was altogether different when Aleem Khan was picked up by NAB. “There is nothing against Aleem Khan. NAB has started arresting our people,” the top official reacted before FIA officials.

As The News contacted Adviser to Prime Minister, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, for the version, to ask why Memon has resigned, she said initially he went on leave and now has tendered the resignation. Asked if it is true that he was being pressured to arrest leading opposition politicians on baseless charges, she denied this but added that the government has a discretion to adopt a policy and direct bureaucracy to act upon it. “What it had to do with FIA? It was NAB’s job,” she further commented. When pressed on a point that several cases now being dealt with by NAB were first referred to FIA, the conversation interrupted probably due to another call to her. She didn’t pick when tried again. The News sent her questions, which has not been responded yet. Memon was reluctant to speak but didn’t either deny or confirm when approached for comments.

However, another government official, on condition of anonymity, said that all the allegations are baseless and concocted.

He said that every person thinks himself righteous, and when removed from a position, considers that he has been wronged. He said that government believes in transparency in governance, alleging that these elements are part of the mafia; they raise hue and cry when government get its hands on them.

New FIA chief meets PM as ‘sidelined’ predecessor resigns
Iftikhar A. KhanUpdated December 03, 2019
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Newly-appointed director general of FIA Wajid Zia calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday. — PID
ISLAMABAD: The newly-appointed director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia, who shot to fame for heading the Joint Investigation Team that probed NAB references against former premier Nawaz Sharif, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Monday.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who was also one of the key players in Panama Papers case, was appointed Minister of State for Interior. He will hold dual charge of the special assistant and the state minister.

On the occasion, Mr Khan said that fighting organised crime including corruption, cybercrime, economic crime, immigration-related crimes and money laundering, as well as carrying out across-the-board accountability, were the plank of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s agenda.

The new FIA chief assured PM Khan that he would do his best to serve the country with commitment.

Ex-DG resigns

Meanwhile, former FIA DG Bashir Memon resigned from service as a mark of protest against being posted out close to his retirement date.

Imran appoints Shahzad Akbar as state minister on interior; federal bureaucracy shake-up continues

“It is usual courtesy in official working not to post out any officer nearing retirement. I have been denied this courtesy which in my opinion is an expression of displeasure towards me. Aforementioned in view, I tender my resignation from service,” the resignation sent to the establishment division, a copy of which is available with Dawn, reads.

The resignation had been signed on Nov 29, the day Mr Memon was asked to report to the establishment division and Mr Zia was appointed in his place.

The ex-DG was due to retire on Dec 17. He had been on leave from work since September and had resumed work only last week. He was said to be under immense pressure for arresting leaders of political parties in different cases.

Also after the massive reshuffle in bureaucracy last Friday, the federal government on Monday notified some other postings and transfers.

While federal postal services secretary Hamid Haroon was asked to report to the establishment division with immediate effect, communications secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik was given the additional charge of postal services in his place.

Besides, trade secretary Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera was given the additional charge of textile secretary.

Dual charge

Meanwhile, Shahzad Akbar will hold dual charge of SAPM and the state minister. The PM tasked him to reorganize FIA to make it a vibrant organisation to curb money laundering and other transnational crimes.

Mr Akbar’s appointment may slash down the powers of federal interior minister retired brigadier Ijaz Shah.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Akbar said the PM wanted to address the issue of money laundering with special reference to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) [an international body on anti-money laundering] and therefore he had been tasked to focus on money laundering, anti-corruption and other related crimes.

He said during his liaison with other powers like United Nations and Switzerland on money laundering, he had observed that the FIA required restructuring to tackle the issue of money laundering.

Mr Akbar said he had also asked the PM that for improving performance of FIA, the government would have to give some incentives to FIA officials. “For example, a constable of the FIA is getting salary of Rs35,000 while the same constable in NAB gets Rs80,000 monthly pay,” he added.

Mr Akbar said he would soon present the FIA’s restructuring plan to the PM for approval.

Earlier, the prime minister in a meeting with the recently promoted officers said their promotion was based purely on merit.

Mr Khan said Pakistan stood at a crucial juncture of history and the bureaucracy would have to work hard. “Our country, which was exemplary in terms of governance in the 60s, is lagging behind other countries in the region today for various reasons. Today political leadership and bureaucracy have to determine the future of the country. It requires new thinking and good governance,” he said, adding that they should fulfill their responsibilities as Jihad and national duty.

Pakistan had immense resources and manpower, he said, adding that in the past 15 months, foreign investors had expressed keen interest in every sector of the economy.

He said international organizations had acknowledged improvement in the economy. To strengthen the economic stability, the bureaucracy should play an integral role in the welfare of the government and the people, he added.

Published in Dawn, December 3rd, 2019


Oct 4, 2008
Aisay hi fake news ha
They are police officers and transfers are routine kafi din pehlay ki news hai new dg FIA ki
He has already resigned even though he was retiring on the 12th of this month! He also wrote down in his resignation that courtesy is extended to officers who are about to retire and retained at their posts.

He was removed because he consistently refused extra-constitutional and illegal orders from PTI leadership.


May 28, 2015
1) According to details, Bashir Memon has forwarded his resignation to the Establishment Division for further process.

The former DG FIA said that he has stepped down in protest against his sacking from the post a few days before his retirement.

So he was fired, but he quit after being fired :blink:

2) Pakistan government reportedly developed differences with Memon after FIA gave a clean chit to three accused in alleged video scandal against a judge of the Accountability Court of Islamabad. As a result he was sent on forced leave in September this year for a period of 15 days.

So, allowed PML_N workers to walk free,Interesting looks like the guy was serving his political masters not The GOP.:big_boss:


Mar 21, 2008
Why are police officers appointed DGs of IB and FIA anuways? Our polive is corrupt and incompetent to the core, and this deputation culture has destroyed intelligence agencies. They have turned into another group of corrupt policemen serving the master who appointed them.


May 21, 2006
United States
This person was sitting on Aqama cases, ArshadMalikVideoGames case, dragging his feet on other banking related cases... even after the Cabinet has approved the investigations....

NarcoLeague has deep roots within the 'Nizam' .... afterall the Narcoz recruited and appointed 'their' loyalists within the Nizam.

We need proper, thorough investigations and ruthless prosecutions... but then their are NooraCourts...

There needs to be Accountability within Judiciary as well... and all those NooraJudges and ZardariJudges need to take a hike...
Media turn him as hero, but he left lots of high profile cases without completing investigation. Dawn, Tribune, TheNews, Geo made him hero.


Dec 25, 2008
I don't follow him, so can't say.
Public is waiting for overall out look of country to improve. Just like it was during Musharraf rule.

He is at best an average bureaucrat, and has nothing noteworthy during his career. Wajid Zia on the other hand has gone after big whales, the biggest being Nawaz Sharif and nailing him infront of the court.


Mar 31, 2007
did he catch any big fish ? catch anyone from current or past govt ? someone from Establishment ? he must have did something other than 100 Rupee ka Chalaan on Toll plaza :D
How much bigger fish you want than Nawaz Sharif?


May 15, 2014
United Kingdom
Meanwhile Wajid Zia has gotten rid of quite a few senior FIA officers on first day at helm.

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