ISLAMABAD, June 22: The capital police on Friday provided security to property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain apparently to counter any move by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Rawalpindi to arrest him in a land fraud case, sources told Dawn.
The police security team included a superintendent, a deputy superintendent, an inspector, six personnel of the Anti-Terrorism Squad and a team of 20 policemen from a police station besides a reserve of 20 other personnel and their in-charge, the sources added.
On Thursday, an Anti-Corruption Court in Rawalpindi issued warrants for the arrest of Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz and five other persons for failing to appear before the court in a case relating to the alleged purchase of 1,401 kanals on fake identities and forged documents at Rawat in 2009.
The sources said that under the law, before arresting the property tycoon the Pindi police or the ACE personnel have to take permission from the Aabpara police as Mr Riaz lived in its jurisdiction at G-6/3. In case, they pick him up without informing the Islamabad police, the latter can take action against them. However, the sources also said Malik Riaz was currently not living at his G-6/3 residence and had taken shelter somewhere in the red zone.
The sources said the capital police chief along with some other police officers also visited the house of Malik Riaz on Friday and remained there for over half an hour. However, a police officer on condition of anonymity said they had visited some sensitive installations in a street of G-6/3, which besides Malik Riaz’s residence also housed the Norwegian embassy and offices of the European Union and Voice of America.
The police security was provided to the property tycoon despite the fact that the Supreme Court had recently sought a report from the IGP Islamabad for giving VIP protocol and police security to him.
The Islamabad police have been providing security and giving protocol to the property tycoon for long. On December 9, 2010, the police deployed a contingent of commandoes around his house to counter any raid by the Rawalpindi police to arrest Ali Riaz in connection with a car racing accident. Continue reading