ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a corruption reference in EOBI scam against ex-prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf for appointing his son-in-law Raja Azeem- ul-Haq in the World Bank and Zafar Iqbal Gondal, ex-chairman Employees Old Age Benefits Institute (EOBI) in Accountability Court Islamabad.

“In this case, the accused is alleged for making illegal appointments during his tenure and causing a loss of Rs600 million to the national exchequer,” said NAB spokesman.

Details revealed that former chairman EOBI Zafar Mehmood Gondal had been extra kind to son-in-law of ex-prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as not only his son-in-law was pushed from grade 18 to 21 within three-year but also land worth peanuts was bought from his family by the EOBI for millions.

It had happened for the first time in the history of civil service that an officer had jumped from 18 to grade 21 within just three years primarily because of his political connections with Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, former prime minister and former minister for Water and Power.

Raja Azeem was serving in grade 18 in the Income Tax Group when the Pakistan People’s Party came to power. Soon after his father-in-law was made the Minister for Water and Power, Raja Azeem got himself appointed in Private Power Infrastructure Board on a hefty package but instead of working in the PPIB, he used to work with his father-in-law. Latter he resigned from PPIB and was inducted in the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution in grade 20 courtesy of Zafar Iqbal Gondal, ex-Chairman EOBI and real brother of former federal minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal.

Raja Azeem, soon after getting appointed in EOBI, was posted as joint secretary in the PM Secretariat on deputation. In May 2012, he was promoted in EOBI to grade 21 and on the basis of that promotion, he was posted as Additional Secretary Internal Affairs in the PM Secretariat.

Later on, he was appointed as Executive Director World Bank but the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the development and Raja Azeem had to resign from the post. The SC in its judgement in EOBI case ordered the NAB to proceed against all those involved in giving unprecedented promotions to son-in-law of ex-PM.