ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started investigations against its own 13 senior and junior officers from all regional bureaus for their alleged involvement in different corruption cases, The Nation has learnt

The sources informed this scribe on Wednesday that NAB had started degrees verification process of all NAB staff in 2011 on the strict directives of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhary.

He had also ordered the HR department to gear up degrees verification and remove those officers who have not submitted their education certificates so far and induct only capable persons against the recently advertised posts including Assistant Directors and Deputy Directors and Investigation Officers, the sources added.

The sources told that investigation has started against the 13 officers of grade 17, 18 and 19 who were deputed in Karcahi, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Lahore and Rawalpindi regions.

These officers had submitted their tampered educational certificates and one of them was on three-month holiday without approval, the sources said.

When contacted, NAB spokesman Asim Ali Nawazish said that the Bureau had traced only Acting Additional Director Haneef Maheesar who submitted his fake educational certificates and his services were terminated.

He said that 689 out of total degrees 1002 have been verified and 313 degrees are still under process.

He said that he was not aware about any ongoing investigation against other officers but the Chairman had clearly directed the HR department that it would not spare any officer who would fail to submit his original degrees.