NAB chairman orders probe into alleged corruption in Nandipur power project

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LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday ordered an investigation into alleged corruption in Nandipur power project.

This decision was taken keeping in view a Supreme Court (SC) order to examine corruption allegations with reference to the findings of the one-man commission of former Justice Rehmat Hussain Jafri on the Nandipur power project.

As per a notification issued by NAB, the chairman has asked director general NAB Lahore to conduct the investigation.

On June 7, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered NAB to investigate the alleged corruption in the power project.

During the proceedings, the CJP asked how long the file related to the project would remain pending in the law ministry.

To this, the secretary energy told the bench, “Nandipur power project was established in 2005 to generate 525 megawatts of electricity. It was estimated to cost Rs22 billion but it went up to Rs58 billion due to delays.”

The CJP remarked, “A report prepared by Justice (r) Rehmat Hussain Jafri regarding the project is present and we will look into allegations of corruption.”

The Justice Jafri commission was appointed by the SC in 2013 on a petition moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and then water and power minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.