LAHORE – NAB, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has started an inquiry against three CAA senior officials for their alleged involvement in embezzlement of billions of rupees in flights clearance to and from Afghanistan, sources in Ministry of Defence confided to TheNation. A letter addressed to the Secretary Defence stated that an inquiry in this regard has already been ordered by NAB, but as the officers have not been suspended as per government rules, they are trying to tamper the record and influence the staff concerned while sitting on the same seats. The officers involved in the case include Yousaf Abbas, Chief of Human Resource, Khawar Ghias, Director Air Transport and Aleem, General Manager Billing. The letter further said that as per law, the officers in question were supposed to be suspended but since Deputy Secretaries and Joint Secretaries were involved in getting complimentary tickets for themselves and their families through Khawar Ghias and Yousaf Abbas, they were reluctant to take action against them. The letter further alleged that accused were trying to run away from Pakistan while Yousaf Abbas has got ex-Pakistan leave sanctioned for one year, a day before joining of new DG CAA for which he was not authorised till finalisation of inquiry of NAB against him. Complainant claimed that graduation degree of one of the officers is bogus. When contacted, Yousaf Abbas said that inquiry was result of confusion and personal grudge of a female officer who was transferred from the office of Chief Financial Officer.He said that NAB has also examined the things and asked CAA to forward the copy of final report to NAB also. Commenting on the allegations, he said that passage of flights from Pakistani space was not a thing which could not be traced once time is over.He said that record of every flight using Pakistani airspace was very much monitored by more than 24 different quarters, like PAF, CAA, Area Control, Approach Control, Control Tower etc.  Record of such flights could be managed any time and verified, he added.