ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to issue final notice to summon Pakistan’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Wajid Shams-ul-Hassan this week in case of alleged misuse of funds, The Nation has learnt.

According to documents available with The Nation, the Auditor General of Pakistan in his audit report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 1996 -1997 pointed out financial irregularities committed during his tenure (June 1994 to November 1996) as Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom.

The documents further say that the Audit General of Pakistan pointed out that Shams had withdrawn 10,81,141 pounds during his tenure for the projection of Pakistan activities and Lobbying on Kashmir, unrealistic expenditure on entertainment and gifts and purchase of first class air tickets twice without permission of competent authority and other activities over and above the entitlement.

Sources told that the NAB issued the summons of former diplomat on February 29, 2016 and delivered at his residence in UK trough the Pakistan High commission. They said if Wajid ignores NAB orders this time, then the Bureau will request Interior ministry to include the name of Shams in Exit Control List (ECL).

The NAB had directed Shams to submit detailed statement/ appear in person on before 15-03-2016 at the NAB Rawalpindi to record his statement but he did not bother to appear before the Bureau and even did not reply the NAB summons. It had also sent the allegations list to the former diplomat along with summons.

Earlier, the NAB had served notices on Shams on several counts in the same case but he always replied that he could not travel to Pakistan due to his poor health condition. Talking to The Nation, NAB Spokesperson Asim Ali Nawazish confirmed that the former diplomat did not take notices of NAB summons seriously and it was going to serve the last notice this week. He mentioned that the NAB dropped the summons at Shams’ residence through Pakistan High Commission. He said that NAB wants to given enough time to former diplomat for a response over the allegations but this time if he ignores then he should be ready to face music.

On the other side, NAB Rawalpindi yesterday arrested three accused persons Fahad Amin Sahibzada, Regional Distribution Head, Sohail Sardar, Operational Manager and Muhammad Ali in embezzlement in NIB Bank. The accused Fahad Amin Sahibzada has been arrested on the allegation of misusing his authority in capacity of banker position and committed illegal and fraudulent activities and caused loss to NIB bank to the tune of Rs176.72 million. That amount was transferred through fake Fund Transfer Request (FTR) to personal bank account maintained at JS bank F-7 Branch, Islamabad.

The accused Muhammad Ali was maintaining bank account in NIB Blue Area branch in the name of Solution Unlimited, that account was used as parking account for embezzled amount to route further in other accounts and caused millions of rupees to NIB Bank in connivance with Fahad Amin Sahibzada, Sohail Sardar and others persons.

The accused persons abused their authority and committed criminal breach of trust and fraudulently embezzled millions of rupees in connivance with other accused persons.