Mohammad Rizwan, former director of the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan, died of a heart attack. He had investigated allegations of money laundering against incumbent Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz. According to a Dawn news report, Rizwan had gone on a long leave just before the formation of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led coalition government and was later transferred from the office of the FIA Lahore last month. .
His name was also on the no fly list. According to a family member, 47-year-old Rizwan suffered a heart attack in the early hours of Monday and was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Rizwan belonged to the police service and held the post of DIG. During his posting as the FIA Lahore chief, Rizwan had contacted Chinese businessman Jehangir Khan Tareen (who is currently backing the ruling PML-N) and former federal industries minister Khusro Bakhtiar and his family members and two sugar mills of media houses. Charges of money laundering and manipulation of market activities were also investigated against him.
28 benami accounts of Shahbaz Sharif exposed
FIA investigators under Rizwan had unearthed Rs 110 billion through ‘speculative pricing’ by the sugar mafia during the PTI regime. Further action in the sugar scam was withheld for political reasons. In the money laundering probe, the investigative team under Rizwan had unearthed 28 benami accounts of the Shahbaz family, through which money laundering of over PKR 14 billion (Pakistani Rupee) was carried out during 2008-18.
Shahbaz Sharif expressed grief over the death
As per Dawn’s report, the money received by Shahbaz from the accounts of low-paid employees was transferred outside Pakistan through hundi/hawala network, ultimately for the beneficial use of his family members. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has condoled the death of Rizwan. He said in a tweet, ‘Dr. Saddened to learn about the passing away of Rizwan, who faced pressure during the investigation and handled the 16 billion rupees money laundering case against ‘Crime Minister SS’. My condolences and prayers are with his family.