ISLAMABAD - The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to file four corruption references against several officials, including ex-chairman Pakistan Steel Mills Moen Aftab in Rs188 million corruption scam.

The Executive Board Meeting of NAB was held with Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in chair at the NAB headquarters and authorised four investigations and nine inquiries and complaint verifications.

The EBM approved first corruption reference against ex-chairman PSM Moeen Aftab Shaikh and ex-director Sameen Asghar. The accused had allegedly caused a loss of Rs188 million to the national exchequer.

The second corruption reference was approved against Syed Murid Kazim, ex-minister for revenue, KP and others. Murid Kazim has been accused of doing corruption and misusing authority in transfer of valuable state land measuring 1976 Kanals situated in Dera Ismail Khan in the name of Naval Families Rehabilitation Organisation (NFRO), Bahawalpur. 91 Kanal of land worth Rs98.65 million is still in possession of the accused people. The NAB has already requested the naval headquarters for appropriate action against navel officers involved in the said case.

The third corruption reference was approved against Saeed Ahmad Qureshi, owner of Sultan Flour and General Mills (Pvt) Ltd. Sultan obtained 4,863 million tons of wheat on subsidised rates on the condition that the said volume of the flour shall be processed in the mills of the accused.

The accused sold the subsidised wheat in the open market and caused a loss of Rs23,79,184 to the national exchequer.

The EBM approved fourth corruption reference against Ahsan Ullah Khan, ex-senior member Board of Revenue, officials of Revenue Department KP and others.

Accused Ahsan Ullah illegally promoted naib tehsildars without departmental promotion committee meeting and observing no codal formalities violating rules and regulations and misusing his authority. He caused a huge loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The EBM also decided to authorise investigation against ex-secretary Postal Services Raja Ikramul Haq, Deputy DG Financial Services Azizullah Khan, Additional DG Ops Pakistan Post Fazle Sattar, Director Financial Services (FS) Hafiz Zafar Ali Malik and CEO M/S MSK Msroor Sarwar Khan International and others. The accused were blamed for committing fraud in housing scheme at Kurri Road, using corruption and corrupt practices in awarding contract to M/S 360 Technologies by disqualifying other bidders illegally and violation of PPRA rules in giving contract to M/S Telconet and caused a loss of Rs100 million to the national exchequer.

The EBM decided to authorise three investigations in a case against officials of Pak PWD Lahore and others. In this case, the accused were blamed for mis-procurement and non-transparency in tendering process in CCD-1, Pak PWD Lahore. Thus causing a loss of Rs153 million to the national exchequer.

The EBM authorised inquiry against Muhammad Ali Malkani, Minister for Industries Sindh, Haji Shoukat Malkani, ex-nazim, Thatta and others. The accused were alleged of committing corruption and land grabbing.

The NAB authorised inquiry against Ali Madad Sher, ex-minister Education Gilgit-Baltistan. The accused had allegedly accumulated assets beyond known sources of income.

Another inquiry was authorised by EBM against officials of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the complaint of Public Accounts Committee. The accused had allegedly incurred expenditure of $27,547,21 on medical treatment of information minister and injudiciously utilized 85 per cent entertainment allowance of $28,560.

The EBM authorised another inquiry against officials of Privatisation Commission of Pakistan and others for misuse of authority and corruption in the privatisation of Pak-American Fertiliser Ltd, Daudkhel Mianwali in 2009 in which M/S Ibrahim Fiber Pvt Ltd (IFL) was successful bidder for Rs19.99 billion.

Another inquiry was authorised against Muhammad Saleem Rafi, CEO, M/s Hilton Trans, Muhammad Arshad Latif, Director M/s Hilton Trans and Qamar Mahmood Khan, Director M/s Hilton Trans referred by the Governor State Bank of Pakistan u/s 31-D of NAO-1999 on the allegation of willful loan default of Rs125.171 million.

The EBM authorised two inquiries against officials of PNSC for alleged illegal appointments in KPT/PNSC.

The EBM has decided to re-authorise two inquiries against the management of National Industrial Parks Development (NIP), Member of Land Procurement Committee Muhammad Zubair, Muhammad Ashraf and others for Illegal procurement of land measuring 800 kanals causing a loss of Rs93.80 million to the national exchequer.

In another case of re-authorisation of inquiry against officials of Ministry of Information Technology, PTCL and PTA, the accused were alleged of handing over the monitoring and handling of International Clearing House (ICH) to PTCL. Thus causing a loss of Rs1 billion per month to the national exchequer within the definition of misuse of authority.

The EBM authorised complaint verification against officers of IESCO for illegally appointing and recruiting people in IESCO.

The EBM has also decided to close two inquiries against officials of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and others and inquiry against DG Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA), officers of WCLA, private contractors and others due to lack of incriminating evidence.

The EBM has approved the voluntary return (VR) application of M Amjad Aziz, CEO, Divine Developers (Pvt) Ltd, Lahore and others. The EBM also approved Plea Bargain application of officials of Peshawar University and others.