ISLAMABAD - Thousands of affectees of the mega financial fraud in the history of Pakistan known as Modaraba and Masharka, have been running from pillar to post to get justice from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) but the officers concerned instead of guiding them are engaging the affected investors in other works.
A visit to NAB’s Rawalpindi region by The Nation revealed that hundreds of affected people affected by the Modarba scam are still knocking the door of officers to seek relief.
On the direction of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the NAB Rawalpindi Region has given a final deadline to the affectees of the Modaraba/Musharika scam to submit their claims on this account.
No special arrangements have been established to facilitate the affectees. Most of the applicants are not allowed to get inside the premises of the NAB office and are rather telephonically briefed by a receptionist.
Most of the affected people do not know about the procedure how to submit a complaint or how to apply for a claim.
“I have come here twice but still my job is not done. On my first arrival, the documents for which I was asked to provide were rejected and I was asked for another copy of my documents. Now when I have come over here, they have taken only my identity card and received nothing,” Muhammad Farooq, who had come from Abbotabad, told this reporter at the NAB office.
He alleged that NAB seemed like a party than a neutral body.
Interestingly, the NAB has recently submitted its annual performance report to President Mamnoon Hussain without any mention of the country’s biggest fraud scam and has not used any word Mudaraba or Masharak in its report.
“No officer is available now to reply any queries, officers are offering their prayers and then they will leave for their homes”, receptionist Tahir said while replying to the visitors who came to NAB Rawalpindi office from across the country.
Total fifteen days were given on 14th July to the affectees to submit their complaints by 28th of July. The other Regions of the NAB would also follow the same set of instruction.
The NAB Rawalpindi had sought complaints and claims against seven companies under investigation of the Regional Bureau including Bilal Khan Banghesh, Masseha Forex, Mateeh ur Rehman M/s Global Concern, Muhammad Ehsan, Hafiz Salah-ud-Din and others, Noman Qureshi, Abdullah & others NE Accociates, Abdullah Khan Muhammad & others, Al-Shamim Enterprises, Malik Haroon Tabreez & others and Ghulam Haider (Malik Naseer & Sons).
Currently, NAB is pursuing 81 cases of cheating public at large by way of illegal modaraba and musharika business of which there are 7 cases at the investigation stage, 19 at the inquiry stage, 5 at the complaint verification stage and 50 are at the initial stage of complaint.
There are total 36462 individual affectees in these cases. The total loss amounts to Rs. 22.01 billion of which so far only 1.209 billion have been recovered. So far 10 accused persons have been arrested.
While talking to this correspondent, spokesman of NAB Hafiz Irfan said that, after publishing of several advertisements in national newspapers by the NAB, requesting Modarba scam affectees to register their complaints, NAB Rawalpindi alone has registered around 34000 complaints.
He further stated that a complaint receiving counter has been established in each Regional office to receive complaints.”