NAB raids residence of former AJK president Raja Zulqarnain


RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday raided the residence of former Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) president Raja Zulqarnain, over graft charges.

The NAB team, led by its director Asad Janjua, raided the house of the ex-AJK president to arrest him in the wake of an ongoing investigation in the rental power project case.

The officials of the accountability watchdog also had the arrest warrants for the former AJK legislator.

Raja Zulqarnain is facing charges of receiving kickbacks in the rental power project during his tenure. His two sons are also accused of being involved in money laundering practices.

It’s not the first time the NAB went after the former AJK president in the case. In 2016, the NAB officials had raided the house of Zulqarnain, however, personal guards of the AJK leader had attacked the NAB team and injured Deputy Director Asghar Ali.

Similarly, the same year, an accountability court had sent a member of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Raja Babar Ali Zulqarnain, to jail on judicial remand in rental power projects case.

Judge Nisar Baig had sent Zulqarnain, the son of Raja Zulqarnain, to jail on judicial remand after the officials of the anti-graft body produced him before the court on expiry of his physical remand.

Zulqarnain was arrested on January 21, 2016 from the premises of the Islamabad High Court following the dismissal of his bail application in the case.

According to the anti-graft body, Zulqarnain made the contractual arrangement between the federal government and the company for electricity supply through ship-mounted power facility.