Pakistan PM Corruption-Case investigator found dead
By Mirwais Adeel - Fri Jan 18 2013, 8:38 pm
Officials said Kamran Faisal was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the government hostel from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Kamran Faisal was investigating the allegations regarding Raja Parvez Ashraf’s involvement for bribery after the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered his arrest.
Mr. Raja reportedly accepted bribes hen approving power generation projects as minister for water and power in 2010.
Police said Mr Faisal’s death appeared to be suicide.
Such is the febrile atmosphere in Pakistan, where a Sufi cleric this week led tens of thousands of supporters into Islamabad to demand the government be dissolved amid rumours of a “soft coup”, that many will suspect foul play.
A NAB spokesman said, “He was found dead in his room. He is suspected to have committed suicide. Police have taken the body. A post-mortem is being carried out.” Bani Amin, Islamabad police chief, confirmed that an investigation was under way.
In the meantime The Express Tribune website said “more than 20” unnamed NAB officials had alleged Faisal had been murdered.
A former colleague of Faisal said he had been under extraordinary pressure in recent days after the country’s supreme court renewed its interest in the “rental power” scandal, which has dragged on for years. He was under so much pressure that “whenever he returned from the court he could barely walk”, said a colleague.