NAB summons former KP admin secretary in Imran’s helicopter use case


PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday summoned former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) administration secretary Hassan Muhammad Yousufzai to appear for questioning in connection with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s use of the provincial government’s helicopters.

According to sources in NAB, Yousufzai was serving as the secretary of administration when Imran had allegedly used the government helicopters for personal trips.

The Civil Aviation Authority and Administration Department had previously submitted their records to the bureau.

On February 3, Imran Khan had said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government had clarified that there was never any personal or private use of government helicopters by him.

According to a statement by the KP government, since 2013, the PTI led government has not used these helicopters for any purpose other than the official business of the government. It added that Imran Khan has never used any of the official helicopters for his private or personal use, so the question of hiring the helicopter at commercial rates does not arise.

It also said that a government helicopter is never given for private use, adding that Imran Khan accompanied the ministers/advisers of KP on their official tours on 39 occasions in last four and a half years.

Furthermore, KP helicopters are maintained and operated by Askari Aviation, against fixed monthly charges, irrespective of the usage. In cases of usage, fuel charges are paid by the provincial government to the Askari Aviation as billed by the same.

It also said that the trips mentioned in a section of the media were all official visits.