FIA Probs Dr. Zafar Mirza over alleged masks exports case
On Friday, FIA set in motion an inquiry against Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza. The Young Pharmacists’ Association’s Secretary General Dr. Furqan Ibrahim submitted a complaint in the Prime Minister’s Complaint Cell. The complaint entailed accusation that 20 Million respiratory masks were smuggled out of Pakistan by Dr. Zafar Mirza in connivance with the Deputy Director of DRAP (Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan), Ghazanfar Ali khan.
Soon after, FIA issued a notification directing the Director FIA of Islamabad zone to probe into the matter on urgent basis. He has been directed to take action promptly and submit an inquiry report within 15 days against the parties involved.
Recently, soon after the official declaration of Corona Virus as a pandemic by WHO there was a shortage in supply of respiratory masks and sanitizers in pharmacies around the country. Drug stores started to charge a hefty amount for these products. Seemingly, the smuggling might have led to the shortage of respiratory masks.
In times of fright and panic amongst the masses due to COVID-19, the state should take steps to ensure welfare of the public. On the other hand, if government officials are involved in such corrupt practices then public will also engage in malpractices leading to failure of society.
Previous PTI’s corruption scandals
In 2018, PTI established its government on the basis of slogan of accountability, justice and change but on contrariety, it has clearly lacked to deliver on all these counts. Recently, a PTI’s MNA Arbab Amir termed the present government as “the most corrupt and selected one till date.” He accused the government of corruption in the projects of Billion Trees Tsunami and BRT Peshawar. The government was also accused of corruption of 4 Billion Rupees in the form of ethanol tax write off for favored owners of Sugar Mills.