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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered an FIR against the Pakistani businessmen for defrauding a Chinese investor.

The FIR No. 33/2023, registered by the FIA’s Commercial Banks Circle, is registered after a concluding inquiry into the complaint of Chinese national Zhi Cheng Li. The FIR carries sections 409, 420, 468, 471, and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Chinese investor, Zhi Cheng Li (alias Donald), who was deceived by his Pakistani partners, has requested the Director General of FIA take notice of his complaint against his Pakistani partners, pending in FIA for several years.

Chinese investor seeks fast-track forum for getting justice

The FIR, available with this scribe, states that Cheng Li (Donald) owns 45% shares in a company namely M/s NASYS Intl Co (Pvt) Ltd.

Along with two other partners namely Malik Naveed Asghar and Malik Rehan, shareholders of 45% and 10%, respectively. Naveed and Rehan fraudulently and dishonestly, in active connivance with the bank officials namely Haris Khan opened company accounts in two banks with the fake and forged signatures of the complainant Zhi Cheng Li.

First bank Account No 1-4-6-20311-714-114447 of M/s NASYS Intl Co (Pvt) Ltd was opened by Malik Naveed Asghar and Malik Rehan on August 20, 2015 in a bank of Islamabad by using Zhi Cheng Li’s fake and forged signatures in connivance with Haris Khan, business development officer of the bank with a total credit turnover of PKR 76,75,000 and total debit turnover of PKR 76,55936.

Afterwards, accused Malik Naveed Asghar and Malik Rehan opened a second bank account in another bank using complainant’s fake and forged signatures in connivance with Haris Khan, who was then working as BDO at Bank with a total credit turnover of PKR 11,320,500 and total debt turnover of PKR 9,438,965. At the time of opening of these alleged bank accounts, complainant Zhi Cheng Li was not in Pakistan, states the FIR.

Additionally, the FIR mentioned a few other parallel bank accounts which with active connivance of Haris Khan, Naveed and Rehan opened fraudulently and dishonestly in the name of NASYS International, having credit and debt turnover of hundreds of millions of rupees.

Prima facie, read the FIR, this act of the accused persons constitutes the offence of cheating, fraud and criminal breach of trust. Therefore, a case FIR u/s 409, 420, 468, 471 r/w 109 PPC is being registered against Haris Khan, Malik Naveed and Malik Rehan. The role of any other, if found involved, will be determined during the course of an investigation, added the FIR.

However, despite the relevant Investigation Officer has sealed the FIR and searching for the arrests of accused, Naveed and Rehan were able to secure pre-arrest bails.

In his complaint, Li mentioned that the issue traces back to 2015, when China HBP won a contract worth $178 million from the OGDCL for the supply of processing gas units, an LPG recovery plant, and allied facilities at the Nashpa oil field located in district Karak of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The China HBP had a sole agency agreement with M/s NASYS International Limited (Hong Kong) for the Pakistani market, a company founded by Zhicheng Li.

In order to execute the project, Li, along with Pakistanis Naveed Asghar and Rehan Azam, established a local company, M/s NASYS International Co. (Pvt.) Limited, with Li Donald at 45%, Naveed at 45%, and Rehan at 10%.

After knowing to the situation in October 2017, Li filed a complaint with the FIA, which was held for over three years and closed in 2020. He requested reopening the inquiry and provided all facts to the new investigation officer.

From 2017 till now, said Zhicheng Li, he has approached all the possible legal forum including regulators and investigating authorities whether that was Court, SECP, FIA, NAB and but all in vain; not to mention that Chinese Embassy is well aware of my case and is expecting for the justice, as well.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Parvez Iqbal Oct 02, 2023 02:26pm
I am a victim of a same scenerio. I worked abroad for 28 years, I trusted pakiatani in a business I got profit for 2 transactions now neither my investment nor the persons I can locate. What I learnt in 2 years since I arrived back home.. Never bleave any pakistani specially a Muslim inorder to avoid cheating fraud and malpractices. In Pakistan one is honest who never got an authority to commit corruption
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