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IHC orders FIA to timely conclude trial in Axact case


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency and its trial court to conclude the trial of Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh and key persons of Axact, without any delay.

IHC issued these directions during the hearing of an application by Axact vice-chairman Waqas Atique in which he had sought conclusion of the trial within a month.

HC Chief Justice (CJ) Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi passed directions for the completion of the trial’s proceedings in time, but he has not given any timelines for the conclusion.

The petitioner, Waqas Atique, who is confined in the Central Jail Karachi, stated that he had been behind bars since 2014 and that his bail application was rejected by the IHC on May 18, 2016.

He alleged that the prosecution was being lethargic regarding the trial’s proceedings.

“The case is motivated and registered by dishonest business rivals who could not compete with the petitioner in business and opted to bulldoze them through blind escape machinery and FIA was a tool,” the petition read.

The petition went on to say that the trial of the case was to be conducted on a day-to-day basis as per High Court rules, but there was no concept of an adjournment exception rare occasions.

The FIA registered case against the Axact chairman, Shoaib Ahmad Shaikh, Chief operating officer Waqas Atique, and other employees on account of selling fake degrees.