NAB arrests three more in mines case after PTI minister Sibtain Khan


LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday arrested three more accused in Chiniot mines and minerals case.

On Friday, NAB arrested Pakistan Teheek-e-Insaf (PTI) member provincial assembly and Minister of Punjab for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Mohammad Sibtain Khan in the same case.

The allegation being probed by NAB is about awarding illegal contracts amounting to billions of rupees in Chiniot in 2007 when Sibtain was the provincial minister of Punjab for mines and minerals.

The arrested suspects include secretary mines and minerals Imtiaz Ahmed, former GM Aslam and chief inspector mines Punjab Abdul Sattar.

It should be mentioned here that Sibtain was elected to the member of Punjab assembly as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-39 (Mianwali-IV) in general election, 1990. He received 29,582 votes and defeated a candidate of Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI). He served a Provincial Minister of Punjab for Prison from 1990 to 1993.

He ran for the seat of the provincial assembly as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-39 (Mianwali-IV) in Pakistani general election, 1997, but remained unsuccessful.

He was re-elected to the provincial assembly as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) from Constituency PP-46 (Mianwali-IV) in 2002. In January 2003, he was included in the provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Mines and Minerals where he remained until 2007.