NAB files two corruption references, decides investigation in various cases

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP): National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday decided to file two corruption cases against officials of PEPCO as well as PHA Foundation and decided to authorize investigation in various cases.

In a meeting of the Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) held under the chairmanship of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, it was decided to file the said corruption references.

First corruption reference was against Rasul Khan Mahsud, Director, PEPCO and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority to render illegal benefits to transformer manufacturers by issuing exaggerated rates of transformers. Thus caused a huge loss of Rs. 6 billion to the national exchequer.

Second corruption reference was against officers/officials of PHA Foundation and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption in renovation of Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat, Islamabad, causing a heavy loss to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) also decided to authorize seven (7) investigations. First investigation was authorized against officers/officials of Ministry of Religious Affairs. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority in Makkah Housing Project for construction of three Towers by M/S Dallah Real Estate, causing a loss of 8 million dollars to the national exchequer.

Second investigation was authorized against Dr. Basharat Hassan Bashir, DG, AEDB. In this case, the accused person is alleged for obtaining illegal appointment/extension in service in collusion with Chairman and Secretary, AEDB. Their illegal acts caused a loss of Rs. 31 million to the national exchequer.

Third investigation was authorized against management of M/S Elysium Holding Pakistan Limited. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for illegal sale of non-saleable allotment certificates of DHA Ranches Islamabad in open market without completing their contractual obligations of transferring Land to DHA. Thus, caused a loss of millions of Rupees to the DHA Islamabad.

Fourth investigation was authorized against officers/officials of NTC and M/S United Construction (Pvt) Limited, Lahore. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority and misappropriation/embezzlements of government funds, causing a loss of Rs. 35.236/- million to the national exchequer.

Fifth investigation was authorized against Director/Owners of M/S A.M Construction Company (PVT) Limited Faisalabad, officers/officials of Communication and Works Department and Others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority, obtaining pecuniary advantages and causing loss of Rs.240 million to the national exchequer.

Sixth investigation was authorized against Mushtaq Raisani, Secretary Finance Balochistan. In this case, the accused person was alleged for misuse of authority, corruption and corrupt practices. Thus caused a huge loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

Seventh investigation was authorized against officers/officials of Revenue Department, government of Sindh and others for illegal consolidation/adjustment/exchange of thousands acres of State Land in multiple dehs for the purpose of development of a private project, causing a huge loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) decided to authorize six (6) inquiries. First inquiry was authorized against Zakir Hussain, Ex-VC, Registrar, Director Layyah and Sahiwal Campuses of Government University, Faisalabad and others.
In this case, the accused persons were alleged for establishment of two illegal campuses of G.C. University Fasisalabad in Layyah and Sahiwal without approval of Syndicate and HEC. The accused persons received illegal gratification. Thus caused a huge loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

Second inquiry was authorized against management of Park View Villas/River Edge Housing Society Lahore and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for illegal occupation/encroachment of public passages and illegal extension of River Edge Housing Society in the name of Park View Villas. Thus caused a huge loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

Third inquiry was authorized against Ghulam Mustafa Memon. It has been referred by Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) od State Bank of Pakistan and reported suspicious transaction against the accused u/s 31-D of NAO-1999.

Fourth inquiry was authorized against Ali Mardan Khan Domki, District Nazim of Sibi, Balochistan. In this case, the accused person was alleged for assets beyond known sources of income forwarded by Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) of State Bank of Pakistan u/s 31-D of NAO-1999.
Fifth inquiry was authorized against Tahir Ismail of Rahim Yar Khan referred by SECP.

In this case, the accused person was alleged for cheating public at large by illegal brokerage activities. Thus caused a huge loss of millions of rupees to the general public.

The EBM re-authorized inquiry against officers/officials of DAD Division, District Shaheed Benazirabad. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority, embezzlement of government funds while awarding and execution of contract. Thus caused a loss of Rs. 580 million to the national exchequer.

In another case, EBM re-authorized inquiry against governemnt Functionaries of Government of Sindh and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for re-alignment/construction of Malir River Bund for the purpose of Housing Societies and illegal allotment of Land in Malir River Bund, Karachi. Thus caused a huge loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) decided to close four (4) inquiries against Wajid Shamsul Hassan, former High Commissioner of Pakistan, UK, Gulzar Khan, Ex-Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR) KPK and others, Fareed Mughees Sheikh, Director, Colony Group of Companies and others, inquiry against authorities of NHA, Quetta and others and investigation against officers/officials of Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB) and others due to lack of incriminating evidence.

At the end, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB reiterated his determination for eradication of corruption by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy.

He directed all officers/officials of NAB to put in their best efforts in conduct of complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations against corrupt in accordance with law, transparently and on merit.