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Hunting Trophies’ smuggling from Sindh to USA

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KARACHI: Pakistan Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) has launched an inquiry against smuggling of hunting trophies from Pakistan’s Sindh province to the United States of America allegedly by two US nationals with the help of one – Pir Danish – who is son of PPP leader Pir Mazhar and owner of M/s Indus Safaris, it is learnt.

The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) had referred the matter to Pakistan Customs in October 2021 however the further investigation started recently after lapse of fourteen months.

While confirming, Director of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Saqif Saeed said that an inquiry had been initiated and Pir Danish, the owner of Indus Safaris appeared before the Customs (I&I) and recorded his statement, submitted in his favor. An officer of assistant director rank has been deputed as inquiry officer and the matter will be dealt purely on merit, he adds.

According to details, following the complaint from US government on July 18, 2018, Samar Hussain Khan, Deputy Conservator of the Wildlife Department of the Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad under the direction of the Federal government approached the Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to initiate the investigation of the matter of alleged illegal export of hunting trophies to US by two US citizens with the connivance of a Pakistani firm M/s Indus Safaris.

In his submission before the FIA, Samar Hussain said that the US Fish and Wildlife Service had detained some hunting trophies from the custody of two American Citizens Jason Keith Bruce and George Latham Myers, which were illegally exported to America by a Pakistani firm M/s Indus Safaris (Pvt) owned by an individual Pir Danish and both the US citizens presented fake documents of Pakistan Customs for clearance of the same trophies.

Deputy Conservator Mr. Khan concluded in his complaint that the said firm M/s Indus Safaris was registered with the Ministry of Climate Change in 2015 as a trophy hunting outfitter but its registration was not renewed afterwards, and due to this the said firm (M/s Indus Safari) had been blacklisted.

After the inquiry and by verifying the official record on September 23, 2021, Sub Inspector and Enquiry Officer Mehwish Iftikhar of CCC, FIA, Karachi submitted her report with his department (FIA), saying that in view of the facts, circumstances and initial inquiry of the matter prima facie transpired that with the connivance of M/s Indus Safaris, Jason Keith Bruce and George Latham Myers (both the American citizens) hunting trophies were illegally exported to the USA by producing fake documents of the Ministry of Climate Change and Animal Quarantine Department, Pakistan for clearance of trophies, this act of accused persons is a punishable offense under the Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Act 2012, Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna & Flora Rules 2018 and Pakistan Penal Code 1860.

FIA inquiry further revealed that as per the official record of the Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) the said company M/s Indus Safaris was not registered in SECP as a private limited company, but the owner of the firm (M/s Indus safaris) claiming its firm as a private limited company at his official internet and at social media page.

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System Works – Najmi Alam’s front-man becomes powerful mafia of Sindh’s livestock, fisheries

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KARACHI: In blatant violation, Advisor to Chief Minister on Livestock and Fisheries Department Najmi Alam has appointed his front-man Agha Saeed as focal person of the Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Sindh Government, it is reliably learnt.

The Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department has always been a hot-cake where financial corruption of billions of rupees were corrupted and many investigations underway by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The world famous corruption made by Nisar Morai is still in the minds of the people and yet again the prominent ‘SYSTEM’ finally entered into the department in shape of installation of Najmi Alam as advisor. Under the rules, no outsider or private person can be installed as focal person, sources say.

Now, the project directors of foreign-funded multi-million projects engineers, development experts and all other official dealing with development schemes and budgets would directly report to Agha Saeed, the front-man of Najmi Alam.

Agha Saeed is a low-grade employee of the Sindh Local Government Department, who has brought into the Livestock and Fisheries Department by Najmi Alam. His appointment has shocked almost every officer of the department and a wave of unrest prevail among their ranks, sources added.

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DDO Powers for sale in Sindh’s Livestock & Fisheries Department

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KARACHI: The powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) are put on sale in the Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department ahead of retirement of the Assistant-Mukhtiarkar-turned-Secretary Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, it is reliably learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was initially appointed as assistant mukhtiarkar, is retiring from the service in the first week of June 2024 as Secretary (BS-20).

The insiders told Sindhnews that the secretary was giving DDO powers to his blue-eyed officers allegedly with the conditions that available funds be withdrawn legally and larger chunk be given to him as he is retiring next month.

While blatantly violating the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

Separately, “Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, Senior Research Officer (BS-18), Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Sindh Hyderabad is hereby declared as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the cost centers KQ0432, KQ0433, KQ0436, KQ0437 and KQ0440 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I for utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of codal formalities as per financial rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to another notification.

It is mentioned here that Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, is a veterinary doctor, posted at Hyderabad. He is supposed to perform his field duties in Hyderabad however he has become a powerful mafia and work as blue-eyed of the secretary for the last two years.

Most interestingly, Dr Hafeez Siyal issued a notification dated April 25, 2024 declaring Dr Essar Das, Additional Director Livestock as DDO for the cost centers SN0040, SN0041, SN0043, SN0044, SN0045 and SN0046.

However, Dr Essar Das refused to follow the instruction of Dr Hafeez Siyal that resulted in withdrawal of the notification of DDO powers on April 30, 2024.

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Dr Hizbullah Bhutto made DG Animal Husbandry illegally, given DDO powers

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KARACHI: In blatant violation of the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal has illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary, it is learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was appointed as Mukhtiarkar and reached to the post of Secretary purely on political influence, is retiring in June 2024.

As he has left with only a month to retire that is why the secretary is tasking his blue-eyed officials to help him empty the government funds before his retirement, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Recently, Dr Hafeez Siyal declared Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19) as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO). Besides, assigning him the charge of Director General, Animal Husbandry illegally. Under the rules, Chief Secretary is the only authority who could issue transfer and posting of officers above BS-18.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

“These are government orders”, said Dr Hizbullah Bhutto when approached by Sindhnews to seek his official version about countless blessing of Secretary Dr Hafeez Siyal upon him.

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