Accounts of ex-Pak minister frozen over Haj corruption row

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Monday froze three foreign currency accounts of former Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi in connection with a probe into alleged corruption and mismanagement in hiring accommodation for Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

The accounts at Multan in Punjab province were frozen by the Federal Investigation Agency, TV news channels reported.

The accounts are suspected to contain funds that were embezzled in the Haj scam, the reports said.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sacked Kazmi, a parliamentarian of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, following allegations of his involvement in the scam.

Talking to Geo News channel, Kazmi confirmed that he had several foreign currency accounts in banks in Multan.

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected the FIA’s report on alleged irregularities in Haj arrangements, saying it was "not transparent" and that influential people were involved in the scandal.