ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau is set to file a new corruption reference against Dr Asim Hussain, a close aide of former President Asif Ali Zardari.

The NAB Executive Board Meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry yesterday and it was decided to file a corruption reference against Dr Asim Hussain, former Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources and others in case of awarding illegal gas contract.

In this case, the accused persons were alleged for fraudulently and with the connivance of officials of OGDCL and SSGCL awarded gas contracts. The LPG and NGL were extracted at an exorbitant rate and were illegally allowed to be retained at the level of 50 per cent of LPG and 100 per cent of NGL by the contractor. This caused a loss of Rs17.338 billion to the national exchequer.

The EBM authorised four complaint verifications. First complaint verification was authorised against Sardar Fateh Ali Umrani, MPA/ex-district Nazim, Naseerabad, Balochistan. In this case, the accused person is alleged for illegal occupation of private land through fake mutation in connivance with officials of the Revenue Department, Quetta, Balochistan.

The second complaint verification was authorised against Sardar Fateh Ali Umrani, MPA/ex-district nazim, Naseerabad, Balochistan for accumulating assets beyond known sources of income. The third complaint verification was authorised by the EBM against Syed Iben-e-Hassaan, ex-IG and Munir Ahmad Chishti, eX-DIG (now IG) of the Railways Police, Lahore and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and misuse of authority and caused huge loss to the national exchequer.

The EBM authorised fourth complaint verification against Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar, ex-Special Assistant to CM Sindh, Azeem Mughal, a local builder and Nawaz Domki, Tehsil Municipal Officer. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for having assets beyond known sources of income, misuse of authority and corruption and corrupt practices and caused a loss of approximately Rs44 million to the national exchequer.

The EBM also decided to authorise three inquiries and the first inquiry was authorised against M/s Shabbir Corporation, Hafizabad. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for willful default of Rs122.776 million referred by governor, State Bank of Pakistan under 31–D. The second inquiry was against M/S Mangla View Resort (PVT) Ltd. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for willful default of Rs. Rs81.353 million referred by the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan under 31–D.

The EBM re-authorised inquiry against officers/officials of KDA regarding fake allotment of land in Scheme-33, Karachi to M/S Zeeshan Builders. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for involvement in regularization of suspicious allotment which stood cancelled as per said ordinance. Thus caused huge loss to the national exchequer

The EBM decided to close two inquiries, first against ex-Senator Azam Khan Hoti, his wife Humera Kash Azam and second inquiry against Dr Sohail Shahzad, Acting VC, Hazara University due to lack of incriminating evidence.

In a case against Mian Masood Akhtar, former Suptt Engineer PWD, Rana Saleem Akhtar, former XXEN, Ch. Hassan Akhtar, former XEN, Pervaiz Iqbal Mahmood, former assistant XEN, Ejaz Hussain, former Sub-Engineer of PWD, Faisalabad, Ch. Abdul Latif and co. Contractor and others. The EBM decided to approve the plea bargain request of a contractor Amir Latif.