Important decisions taken in executive meeting of NAB

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ISLAMABAD: The Executive Board (EB) meeting of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was held under the chairmanship of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, at NAB Headquarter. The following decisions were taken during the meeting.

The Executive Board (EB) decided to file corruption reference against Asif Akhtar Hashmi, Ex-Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for illegal investment with Highlink Capital (Pvt) Limited, which caused a loss of Rs 1.3 billion to the national exchequer.

Second investigation was authorised against management of M/s Power Pack Company and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for willful loan default referred by state Bank of Pakistan (SBP) under section 31-D of NAO-1999, which caused a loss of Rs 164.826 million to the national exchequer.

Third investigation was authorised against Abdul Rauf Khoso, MPA (PS-18) and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority and assets beyond known sources of income and misappropriation of government land in connivance with officers/officials of Revenue Department, District Kashmore at Kandhkot. This caused a loss of Rs 550 million to the national exchequer.

Fourth investigation was authorised against Saeed Ahmed Jagrani, Ex-Director NARA Canal (SIDA) Mirpurkhas and others, officers/officials of NASRAT Division, Irrigation Department, Sindh and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority, illegal appointments and substandard work of stone pitching at NASRAT Canal, causing a loss of Rs 9 billion to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board (EB) decided to authorise two inquiries. First inquiry was authorised against M/s Knowledge Kinetic Programme (KKP) Pvt Limited Lahore, officers/officials of WAPDA and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for irregularities in construction of Mangla Dam Raising Project (MDRP), causing a loss of Rs 4 billion to the national exchequer.

Second inquiry was authorised against officers/officials of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for accusation of the shares of MND Exploration and Production Limited by Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) at exorbitant rates in year 2012. This caused a loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board decided to re-authorise an investigation against Inayatullah, FGS/Incharge PRC Sarib Quetta Authorities of Food Department and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption and corrupt practices, embezzlement of wheat Bags from PRC Sariab Quetta during the year 2014-15; thus caused a loss of Rs 278.70 million to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board also decided to re-authorise an inquiry against Noor Muhammad Laghari, former Secretary Special Education Department, Sindh government and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for illegal recruitment, misuse of funds allocated for the purchase of uniforms and daily allowances of disabled persons. This caused a loss of Rs 250 million to the national exchequer.

The Executive Board decided to close cases against Asad Qaiser, Speaker Provincial Assembly KP and Syed iftikhar Hussain Shah, MNA Sialkot due to lack of incriminating evidence.

At the end, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, said that NAB is committed to eradicating corruption by adopting a zero tolerance policy. He directed all officers/officials of NAB to put in their best efforts to conduct complaint verification, inquiries and investigations against the corrupt in accordance with law, transparently and merit.