The dramatic escape of Tauqir Sadiq
from Pakistan and the allegations that he
siphoned off billions of rupees have made him the center of attention.
But investigators believe corruption of that magnitude could not have been carried out by one individual.
In July 2009, then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani appointed Mr Sadiq the chairman of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) - a lucrative office that handles massive multi-billion-rupee projects.
After being sacked from the post, Mr Sadiq
went into hiding.
was first reportedly seen in Lahore and escaped several police raids.
The move backfired because Mr Sadiq
There were reports that he
had fled to Nepal to avoid arrest.
However, it was only his
family that had rushed to Nepal.
The ousted OGRA chairman was found in Abu Dhabi.
After months of legal and diplomatic wrangling, Pakistani authorities have brought him back through Interpol.
Now a lethargic legal process has begun to indict Mr Sadiq
and identify others who were equally or partially involved in the alleged corruption.
brother Tanvir Sadiq said his
brother was facing serious threats to his
life and that is why he
had fled Pakistan.
said Tauqir Sadiq
had only a few thousand rupees in his
account and the allegations that he
siphoned off more than Rs 80 billion were false.
revealed in his
statement before the investigators that he
crossed the Pakistan-Afghan border by road.
then paid a meager bribe of Rs 1,000 at Kabul airport to board a flight to Abu Dhabi.
"I never met Tauqir Sadiq
I never even talked to him," he
Shah is planning to sue a newspaper and a news channel that accused him of helping Mr Sadiq
The other minister accused of helping Tauqir Sadiq
was Rahim Dad.