ISLAMABAD In an apparent attempt to save FIA DG Malik Mohammad Iqbal from the wrath of the Supreme Court, the federal government has transferred and posted him as the head of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA). Malik Iqbal has recently been indicted on the charges of contempt of court for interfering in judicial affairs. He offended the Supreme Court by writing a letter to the interior ministry that resulted in the transfer of an honest officer, who was investigating the multi-billion-rupee corruption scandal in the National Insurance Company Ltd (NICL) to the entire satisfaction of the court. The outgoing Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general, who is a senior officer of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), will replace Dr Waseem Akhtar Kausr as NICL head while DR Waseem would now assume the responsibilities as National Police Bureau (NPB) director general. Well-placed sources in the Interior Ministry also informed that Malik Iqbal, a blue-eyed boy of the government, would also be given extension in service to carry on with his new assignment as he is reaching the age of superannuation on July 14. An official of DG Office at FIA Headquarters informed that Malik Iqbal has received his transfer orders and he was likely to relinquish his charge today (Tuesday). He also informed that FIA Additional DG (Crime) Syed Tahseen Anwar Shah would hold the charge as acting DG till the next decision of the government. It is likely the government would appoint him as FIA DG on permanent basis, if the apex court did not object to the governments move. Malik Mohammad Iqbal, who was the 5th FIA DG during the current regime who succeeded Tariq Pervez, Zulfiqar Ahmed Khosa, Zafurllah Khan and Waseem Ahmed earned contempt of court charges from the SC for writing a letter to interior secretary requesting him to disassociate FIAs Additional Director General Zafar Ahmed Qureshi from NICL scam. In the letter written on April 16, he informed the interior secretary that Qureshi, an investigation officer in multi-billion-rupee NICL scam, had completed the interim investigations and a challan had been submitted before the court. The Establishment Division had transferred Mr Qureshi to National Police Foundation on the basis of that letter. The SC termed the DGs move a blatant interference into judicial affairs, as the investigations were in progress before DG FIA was served with contempt of court notice. The apex court in its earlier hearings of Hajj corruption scandal has also expressed its displeasure with Malik Iqbal for not taking action against former FIA ADG Javed Bokhari, who had asked the higher authorities to dissociate him from Hajj case investigations because of his promotion in the next grade. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on June 8 had reserved the judgment for a fortnight in the contempt of court case against Malik Iqbal, implicitly providing another opportunity to the government to withdraw its earlier notification about transfer of Zafar Ahmed Qureshi. The sources in the Establishment Division informed that Establishment secretary had got no verbal or written orders from the PM Secretariat about the withdrawal of Qureshis transfer orders. They further said that instead of bringing Zafar Qureshi back as NICL scam investigator, the government removed Malik Iqbal just to save his skin from possible more strict action by the Supreme Court.