NAB to probe OGDCL bigwigs for corruption, illegal appointments


–Nawaz Sharif, Ch Shujaat, Parvez Elahi get clean chits 

–Probe against Capt (r) Safdar, Amir Muqam, Najjar, Khosa ordered

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday ordered a probe into a report published by Pakistan Today regarding the alleged ongoing corrupt practices and irregular appointments in the Oil & Gas Development Authority (OGDCL).

NAB, the anticorruption watchdog in the country, also gave a clean chit to former prime ministers Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and others.

The decisions were taken during a NAB Executive Board meeting presided by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal and attended by various DGs among others.

The meeting also authorised an investigation against Pakistan State Oil officers for alleged embezzlement and misappropriation in the purchase of petroleum products, causing a damage of Rs14.2 billion to the national exchequer.

The meeting decided to close an inquiry against Nawaz Sharif and others in a case of irregularities in the Kushal Pakistan project. The meeting also decided to close an investigation against Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, former MPA Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi and others over lack of evidence. The meeting also authorised an inquiry against former Member of National Assembly (MNA) Captain (r) Safdar for having assets beyond known sources of income and an inquiry was also launched against former advisor to prime minister, Amir Muqam, for possession of assets beyond income.

An investigation against former secretary of Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) Iftikhar Rahim Khan and others for alleged irregular and illegal recruitments in Medical Collage Rawat, Rawalpindi was also ordered by the meeting. The accused are also being investigated for the purchase of 300 kanals of land for the Medical Collage on higher prices than market value, causing a loss of Rs660 million to the national treasure.

The meeting approved the filing of a reference against former Balochistan Food minister Izhar Hussain Khosa and others under corruption charges and an inquiry was ordered against former Balochistan MPA Nawab Mohammad Khan Shahwani and others for alleged misuse of authority.

NAB also approved an investigation against former Sindh Law minister Ziaul Hassan Najjar and others for having assets beyond known sources of income, causing a loss to the kitty of Rs124 million.

The board meeting approved an investigation against the management of DHA, Bahria Town, CDA chairman and others for not developing DHA Valley and DHA Extension. The accused are also liable for illegal allotment of land for the projects.

An approval for closure of investigation against Abdul Hameed Khan, former GOCHS President Irfan Hameed Khan and others over lack of evidence was also given by the bureau.

The board meeting also authorised an inquiry against former chief finance officer of Punjab Power Development Company (PPDC) Ikram Naveed and others for having assets beyond sources of income.

While the meeting approved an inquiry against former Multan CCPO and others for allegedly having assets beyond income, it also approved filing a reference against Messers Aero Lube Pvt Ltd chairman Mohammad Arshad Jalil and others over corruption charges.

An inquiry was authorised against Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam Vice Chancellor Dr Majeeduddin Memon and others for embezzlement in university funds causing a loss of Rs100 million to the exchequer.

The meeting also approved an inquiry against former Revenue Stamps and Evacuee Trust Properties secretaries Gul Hassan Channa and Abdul Razzaq Qureshi for illegally transferring 770 acres of state land, causing a heavy loss to the exchequer.

An inquiry against the management of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) Karachi over misuse of authority and illegal appointment of CEO of NICL was also approved. An investigation was also approved against former NICL Chairman Ayaz Khan Niazi and others for causing a loss of Rs109.874 million to the national exchequer.

The NAB board meeting also approved an inquiry against former MPA of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Malik Qasim for having assets beyond known sources of income.