Mohd Rizwan who investigated money laundering charges against Shehbaz has died

Rizwan took a long leave just before the formation of the coalition government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)

Islamabad: Mohammad Rizwan, former director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency which investigated money laundering charges against outgoing Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz, has died of a heart attack.

Rizwan took a long leave just before the formation of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led coalition government and was later transferred from the FIA ​​Lahore office last month, Dawn news reports.

His name was also placed on the no-fly list.

According to a family member, Rizwan, 47, suffered cardiac arrest in the early hours of Monday and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Rizwan belonged to the police department and held the rank of DIG.

During his assignment as head of FIA Lahore, Rizwan also investigated charges of money laundering and market manipulation against sugar baron Jahangir Khan Tareen (who currently supports the ruling PML-N) and former Federal Minister of Industries Khusro Bakhtiar and his family members and two sweets from media houses.

FIA investigators under Rizwan had detected gains of 110 billion rupees by the sugar mafia during PTI rule through “speculative pricing”. Further actions in the sugar scam were halted for political reasons.

In the money laundering investigation, the investigation team under Rizwan had detected 28 benami accounts of Shehbaz family through which money laundering of more than PKR 14 billion was committed in 2008-18 .

Money received from the accounts of low-wage employees by Shehbaz was transferred out of Pakistan via hundi/hawala networks, ultimately intended for the beneficial use of his family members, according to the FIA, Dawn reported .

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed condolences over Rizwan’s death.

“Saddened to hear of the death of Dr Rizwan, one of the most upright and courageous officers who stood up to pressure during the investigation and preparation of the Rs 16 money laundering case billion against the SS Crime Minister. My condolences and prayers go out to his family,” he said in a tweet.

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