IHC directs FIA to probe irregularities in BISP, appoint judges to hear cyber crime cases


ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday directed the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe alleged irregularities in Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).

Justice Noor ul Haq N. Qureshi of IHC heard the case against the alleged irregularities in distribution of assistance to deserving people in BISP.

The counsel for the BISP, Masroor Shah Advocate appeared before the court.

He informed the bench that several deputation officers in BISP had been repatriated after the scam disclosed.

He argued that BISP was ensuring transparency in its affairs and supporting the deserving people in the country.

After hearing the arguments, the court directed FIA to probe into the matter and present report within one month.

Moreover, following the passing of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016,  the Islamabad High Court has nominated a District and Sessions Judge and a Civil Judge as presiding officers of the court to hear cyber-crime cases.

District and Sessions Judge Iram Niazi has been given additional charge along with Civil Judge (West) Abdul Ghafoor Kakar. —Agencies