ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) yesterday decided to file corruption reference against Syed Sohail Altaf, ex-secretary health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for alleged corruption of Rs 15 million.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) was held under the chairmanship of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry at NAB Headquarters. The EBM decided to authorise two more investigations.

The first investigation was authorised against the officials of ministry of foreign affairs and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption, corrupt practices and misappropriation in the sale of the building of embassy of Pakistan at Jakarta and caused the loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The second investigation was authorised against officials of information and archives department, government of Sindh and others. In this case, the accused persons allegedly committed corruption in advertisement head. In the same case, the EBM approved VR requests of M/S Xnine Communications Pvt Ltd of Rs 374,546,739 and M/S Insync Advertisement Private Limited of Rs 83,643,668.

The EBM also authorised two inquires in a case of police department of Sindh. The first inquiry was authorised against officers of police in the province of Sindh and officials of AG Department Sindh and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority, criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of government funds. Thus, they caused loss of billion of rupees to the national exchequer.

The second inquiry was authorised against officials of Sindh police department and others. In this case accused persons were alleged for misusing of authority by illegal appointments in Sindh police.

The EBM also decided to authorise another five inquiries. The first inquiry was authorised against Haji Muhammad Nawaz Kakar, ex-minister Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) Quetta and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption, corrupt practices and accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.

The second inquiry was authorised against the management of Federal Govt Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for illegal allotment of plots particularly in hardship and professional quotas by Federal Govt Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) management.

The third inquiry was authorised against officers of ministry of foreign affairs and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption and corrupt practices in the sale of the building of Embassy of Pakistan at Tokyo, Japan. Thus they caused loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer. The fourth inquiry was authorised against CDA officials and others for forged allotting of land measuring 137K-01M (17.3 acres) in northern strip in violation of rules. In this case, the accused persons fraudulently allotted land of worth Rs 2 billion in sectors F-11, E-12 and Blue Area acquired by CDA.

The fifth inquiry was authorised against officers of OGRA and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for issuance of CNG licenses in violation of rules. Thus they caused loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

In complaint verification against MPA Fayyaz Ali Butt and others, the EBM decided to refer the case to Anti-Corruption Establishment Sindh for further necessary action as per law.