Impression given in news item regarding Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, totally incorrect : NAB


ISLAMABAD, May 8 (APP):National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday said conveying impression to public through incorrect reporting and posing mere allegations against transparent working of Bureau, is unfair.
NAB believes in across the board accountability which have been acknowledged by reputable and independent, national and international organizations such as PILDAT,
Transparency International and World Economic Forum.
A Spokesman of NAB, while contradicting an editorial published in a section of press,
has termed the impression given by writer regarding former Federal Secretary and also
former Chairman CDA, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, was totally incorrect.
Giving brief facts of the case, the Spokesman said these included: “Construction of
Cultural Complex at Shakarparian” Islamabad was a self-financed project duly approved
by Capital Development Authority (CDA) DWP, being competent forum, in its 13th meeting on January 17, 2007.
All codal formalities including Feasibility Study, Capital Cost Estimates, Annual O&M Cost, Financial Plan, Mode of Financing, Project Benefits & analysis of financial/economic/social benefits & indicators, employment generation, environmental impact, impact of delays on project cost and viability, etc, were discussed at length in PC-I of the project that was duly examined and approved by CDA DWP.
Hence, initial planning and approval of the project was not ill-conceived or ill-planned. As per NAB investigation, execution work of the project was commenced on December 27, 2007 which continued till August 26, 2009 without any financial/operational hindrance and liability.
The Spokesman said the accused Imtiaz Inayat Elahi took charge as Chairman CDA in June 2009. He visited site of the project and ordered for stoppage of work and execution work at Cultural Complex in 2009.
Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, in capacity of Chairman CDA, was not competent to take such decision
unilaterally that too without assigning any cogent reason.
The decision of accused Imtiaz Inayat Elahi for stoppage of construction of Cultural Complex
at Shakarparian Islamabad project was, illegal, malafide and unilateral, arbitral and in contravention
of notification by ECNEC and Guidelines by Planning Commission for self-financed projects like
Cultural Complex Project, resulting into wasteful expenditure of Rs. 471 million directly and may
also resulted in a further huge loss to state exchequer in form of claims and liabilities.
The Executive Board in its meeting held on April 20, 2018 decided to file a reference in
Accountability Court, Islamabad.
The Reference against accused Imtiaz Inayat Elahi for illegal stoppage of construction of
Cultural Complex at Shakarparian Islamabad project will soon be filed.
NAB has ample and solid evidence as to prosecute him in Accountability Court, Islamabad.
The Bureau hopes that in true spirit of responsible journalism, an effort would always be made
to verify authenticity of case before going to print.