NAB opens probe against Firdous Ashiq Awan, Hoti and others


The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday authorised five enquiries against prominent political figures for misuse of powers and authority and after completion of enquires formal references would be filed against them before accountability courts.

NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry presided over the meeting held at the NAB Headquarters.

According to a NAB spokesman, the first enquiry was authorised against Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, former federal minister belonging to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Awan allegedly engaged 12 government buses for her private use and illegally appointed people in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

Second enquiry was authorised against Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Azam Khan Hoti, his wife Humera Kash Azam and others. In this case the accused are accused of involvement in illegal banking transactions and corruption of Rs 128 million.

The third enquiry was authorised against MNA Rana Muhammad Ishaq and others. The accused persons are allegedly involved in embezzling and misappropriating Rs 500 million from Tehsil Pattoki Council funds.

The forth enquiry was authorised against former MPA Qasim Zia, CEO/Director Ali Usman and directors Khalid Anwar and Rana Zahid of Stock Brokerage (Pvt) Ltd. In this case the accused are accused of cheating public at large and misappropriation of Rs 107.7 million received from general public in the name of stocks.

Fifth enquiry was authorised against Zakiullah, former secretary housing (presently OSD), and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. In this case the accused person is alleged for accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.

Moreover, the executive board also authorised a complaint verification against Maulana Abdul Wasay, former provincial minister Balochistan.

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