ISLAMABAD  -  The National Accountability Bureau’s executive board Wednesday approved 14 inquiries against various personalities, including former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak and Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.

According to sources, the NAB’s executive board approved inquiries against Khattak in Malam Jabba case and against Siraj Durrani in illegal appointments case. The meeting was chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.

A statement issued by the accountability body said the board approved inquiries against former additional chief secretary (P&D) KP Khalid Pervaiz, KP Tourism Corporation Managing Director Mushtaq Khan, Iqbal Z Ahmed, Yousaf Jamil Ansari, Iftikhar Qaimkhani, Sindh Building Control Authority Director General, Karachi Mayor Waseem Ahmed, former Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister Imtiaz Malah, Dilawar Hussain Memon, Mepco Sukkur CEO Nazir Soomro and others.

The statement further stated that three investigations had also been approved against Dr Shahid Mehboob, Vice Chancellor GC University, Faisalabad, and Ali Gul Kurd, DG Finance, Quetta.

The NAB board also approved to file corruption references against Dr Ihsan Ali, former vice chancellor, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, and others for allegedly having inflicted a loss of Rs 328.366 million in award of contract to purchase IT equipment to favourite companies at higher rates.

The board also approved a reference against Nawabzada Mehmoodzaib, former KP minister for technical education, manpower, industries and mineral development, for allegedly inflicting loss of Rs 350.52 million to the national kitty by awarding phosphate exploration contract at cheaper rates by abusing his authority.

The board approved filing a reference against Izhar Hussain, former food minister Balochistan, and others for alleged misappropriation in sending 35,000 sacks of wheat to PRC Pashin, causing Rs 210.18 million losses to the national exchequer.

The NAB board approved filing a corruption reference against Sultan Muhammad Hinjra, former MNA and others for allegedly allotting 1,342 kanals of state land of Thal Development Authority and another piece of land reserved for graveyard to favourites by fraud, causing Rs 190 million loss to the national kitty.

The Nab also approved a corruption reference against Chaudhry Guftar Ahmed, former Mepco CEO, and others for allegedly depositing Rs 200 million of the company in Trust Investment Bank, Multan, causing the loss of Rs 314 million to the national kitty.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said on the occasion that the top priority of NAB was to conclude mega corruption cases. The NAB officials are pursuing the policy of ‘accountability for all’ to eliminate corruption without caring about any duress, he said. The NAB considers elimination of corruption as national responsibility and its officers are putting their energies together for eradicating corruption from the country, he said.

The NAB chairman directed the officers to conduct inquiries and investigations in accordance with the law within the prescribed time and on the basis of concrete evidences. He directed the officials to take the cases to logical conclusion so that the looted money could be deposited in the national kitty.