Tariq Pervez

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Tariq Pervez (born 30 December 1948) is a Pakistani government official. He began as a police officer and rose to become the director-general of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency from 2005-2008. After his retirement, he planned to engage in counterterrorism efforts and join a think-tank.[1]

Early life[edit]

He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies from Government College University. Later he completed his MSc in Criminology from Cardiff University and returned to Pakistan to serve the country.

Career[edit]

He was appointed as the National Coordinator of Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA).[2] NCTA's function is to coordinate counterterrorism efforts between FIA, ISI and IB.[3] He faced bureaucratic hurdles in getting the NCTA law draft passed from the Ministry of Interior and the Law Ministry, and eventually resigned over these ongoing obstacles.[4] He officially resigned effective 21 July 2010. [5]

During his tenure as head of CID Punjab he played a major role in eliminating their sectarian network in he 1990s.

During his FIA career, Pervez resolved several terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings in the wake of 9/11. He had a good reputation for integrity.[1]

Under his stewardship, terrorists who had tried to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf, and who were involved in the Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing and other high-profile bombings, were traced. Moreover, he prepared a useful book of suspected terrorists.[1]

On 20 August 2007, Pervez was threatened with jail over the disappearance of a Pakistani man, Hafiz Abdul Basit, who was later released.[6][7]

He has been mentioned in national dailies DAWN, The News and Daily Times regularly and also in the foreign media such as the New York Times,[8] TIME Magazine [9] and also in the CTC Sentinel at West Point.[10]

Recognition[edit]

In 2004, he was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan for his efforts in counter-terrorism.[11]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tariq Butt. "DG FIA Tariq Pervez retires gracefully" The News, 30 December 2008
  2. ^ Rauf Klasra. "PM reshuffles 11 federal secretaries in surprise move" The News, 17 January 2009
  3. ^ "High-powered counter terrorism body expected" Dawn, 2 January 2009
  4. ^ Tariq Butt. "Nacta issue to be resolved soon: Malik" The News, 16 March 2010
  5. ^ "NACTA chairman Tariq Pervez resigns" Daily Times, 21 July 2010
  6. ^ Syed Shoaib Hasan. "Security chief gets jail warning" BBC News, 10 August 2007
  7. ^ Mohammad Kamran. "Missing persons case: Produce detainee or face jail, SC tells FIA chief" Daily Times, 21 August 2007
  8. ^ Sabrina Tavernise and Waqar Gillani. "Frustrated Strivers in Pakistan Turn to Jihad" New York Times, 27 February 2010
  9. ^ Omar Waraich. "Pakistan's Response to Terrorism: Still Inadequate" Time Magazine, 11 January 2010
  10. ^ Hassan Abbas "Defining the Punjabi Taliban Network" Journal Article, CTC Sentinel, volume 2, issue 4, pages 1–4 April 2009
  11. ^ "130 nationals, foreigners to get civil awards"Dawn, 14 August 2004