Former director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Dr Rizwan, died of a cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to his family, Dr Rizwan, 47, had a massive heart attack and was immediately taken to the Services Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. His funeral prayers were offered on Tuesday (today).

Dr Rizwan was a resident of Lahore’s Johar Town and was known as one of the most honest and upright police officers.

He was investigation officer in money laundering case against Shehbaz Sahrif and his family members who are owners of Ramzan Sugar Mills. He was removed from the office as soon as Shehbaz came into power. Estranged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen, former federal minister Khusro Bakhtiar and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leaders were also nominated in the case. 

He went on long leave just before the formation of the PMLN-led coalition government and was later transferred from the office of FIA Lahore director last month. His name was also placed on the no-fly list. He belonged to the police service and had the rank of DIG.

Dr Rizwan had not only supervised the crackdown against the sugar mafia responsible for shortage of the commodity but also carried out investigations against Tareen and Shehbaz. He was not only personally overseeing registration of cases against influential sugar mills owners and speculators but was also analysing data and evidence received from the State Bank of Pakistan, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and other departments.

IMRAN CONDOLES: Former prime minister Imran Khan expressed sorrow over the passing of the senior officer saying: “Saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Rizwan one of the most upright & courageous officers who withstood pressure while investigation & preparing the Rs16b money laundering case against ‘Crime Minister SS’ [PM Shehbaz]. My condolences & prayers go to his family.”

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