NAB arrests Balochistan’s former food secretary in wheat scandal

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday arrested former provincial secretary food Ali Bakhsh Baloch in connection with Balochistan wheat scandal case.

The officials arrested Baloch and shifted him to NAB’s regional office for interrogation.

The former food secretary is a co-accused along with former Balochistan food minister Asfandyar Kakar in the embezzlement of government’s wheat amounting to Rs 292million.

NAB had filed reference against the accused and former minister in connection with the 251,000 wheat bags gone missing from a godown in district Pishin during the Pakistan People’s Party led government in the province.

The anti-corruption watchdog arrested the accused following cancellation of his bail application by the Balochistan High Court the other day. BHC had also cancelled the bail application submitted by the former minister Asfandayar Kakar.

NAB sources said raids were being conducted for the arrest of Asfandyar Kakar and former director food Wali Kakar with regard to wheat scandal in district Pishin.

Asfandyar Kakar was elected as an MPA on the ticket of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on PB-9 from Pishin district of Balochistan. Kakar was given the portfolio of food by former chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.