ISLAMABAD: The NAB chairman has given additional charge of director general awareness and prevention division to HR DG Shakeel Malik, who is facing a corruption case, The Nation has learnt reliably.

The NAB chairman has appointed a senior official Muhammad Husnain as DG Training and Shakeel Malik has been given additional charge of DG A&P Wing.

NAB Chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal has also taken notice of the alleged involvement of three senior officials of the bureau - Director General HR Malik Shakeel, DG Rawalpindi Nasir Iqbal and Director Col (R) Javed - in a housing scam in the federal capital.

Earlier, Ministry of Commerce Employees’ Cooperative Housing Society President Rana Ghulam Fareed had written a letter to the NAB chief, for looking into the corruption allegations against bureau officials.

In the letter, Fareed said that the NAB officers pressurised him to leave the society office, and on resistance, they allegedly tortured him and his family members.  He also alleged that Shakeel Malik with the help of Iqbal had secured property illegally in the housing scheme. Both Shakeel and Iqbal were working in the NAB on deputation. Fareed also attached copies of the five plots allotted to Shakeel’s brother and his nephew.

Sources said that the NAB chairman had issued direction that strict action would be taken against those officers involved in corruption.

“How the chairman can give the additional charge of an important position to a person who is facing corruption allegations. The fact-finding report cannot be submitted to chairman secretariat in this case yet,” they added.

A senior officer of the NAB showed his utter astonishment over handing over the DG A&P post to Shakeel before completing investigation against him. He said that Malik and DG Rawalpindi were posted in the NAB on deputation. He added that Malik was also a member of committee which was investigating illegal appointments case in the NAB.

He said if chairman could dismiss a junior officer in the Karachi Bureau over corruption then how the corruption of a senior officer could be ignored.

In his first speech, the NAB chief had warned the bureau officers that he would take strict action if any of them was found involved in corruption.

He had said: “I will personally monitor the performance of all officials and a visible difference will be seen in the bureau’s performance in coming months.”–NOKHAIZ SAHI