ISLAMABAD -  The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to file two corruption references, three investigations and two inquiries against government officials and businessmen.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of the anti-graft body was held under the chair NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry and decided to file two corruption references. The first corruption reference will be filed against Zia Pervaz Hussain and others. In this case, the accused were alleged for obtaining an award of contract of five helicopters from the cabinet division through bogus firms M/s Cuxhaven of Denmark and misappropriated a sum of $ 2.168 million. 

The second corruption reference will be filed against Raja Muhammad Ikram-ul-Haq, ex-secretary/DG Pakistan Post Office and others. The accused were charged with corruption cases and corrupt practices, fraud in housing scheme on Kurri Road, Islamabad and violation of PPRA rules in the award of a contract to M/s Telconet in this case, causing a loss of Rs100 million to the national exchequer.

The NAB also authorised three investigations and the first investigation was authorised against Iftikhar Qaimkhani, Ex-EDO, Karachi Development Authority and others. The accused were charged with misuse of authority and illegal conversion and amalgamation of street/walkways in Sea Shell Stalls Plots, causing a loss of Rs2 billion to the national exchequer.

The second investigation was authorised against Dr Josphen Wilson, Ex-Acting Chairman Competition Commission of Pakistan and others. In this case, the accused were charged with corruption, corrupt practices and misuse of authority. The accused caused a loss of Rs10.22 million to the national exchequer.

The third investigation was authorised against authorities of PEPCO, QESCO and others. In this case, the accused were charged with illegal appointments made in QESCO in different categories from BS-1 to BS-16 in the year 2008-10, causing a huge loss to the exchequer. 

The NAB also decided to authorize two inquiries. The first inquiry was authorized against Parveen Naeem Shah, Vice Chancellor Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur and others. In this case, the accused were charged with accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income and misuse of authority and causing a loss of Rs100 million to the national exchequer.

The second inquiry was authorized against M/s Silver Line Spinning Mills (Pvt) Ltd, Bahawalpur Road, Lodhran. In this case, the accused were charged with wilful loan default of Rs417. 698 million of UBL regarding suspicious transaction referred to by the Financial Monitoring Unit, State Bank of Pakistan. The NAB also decided to close two inquiries. The first inquiry against officers/officials of the Rawalpindi Development Authority and others in the metro project lifts and escalators case and the second inquiry against officers of PASSCO and others due to lack of incriminating evidence.

The EBM also decided to reject the voluntary return request of officers/officials of Sindh police, AG Office Sindh Karachi and others in the embezzlement of the budget of Sindh police.