ISLAMABAD Stressing the need for following the policy of merit, Chairman National Accountability Bureau, Justice (Retd) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, ordered dropping of inquiry against Federal Minister for Defence Ch Ahmad Mukhtar. The inquiries against former DIG Karachi and officials of Civil Aviation Authority for land acquisition of new airport Rawalpindi were also closed. NAB officials listed want of substantial evidence in the inquiries dropped and it was further stated that the inquiry against Federal Minister for Defence Ch Ahmad Mukhtar had been in progress for the last 16 months but so far NAB officials dealing with it could not come up with some conclusion on it. While chairing the NAB Executive Board meeting Wednesday he gave approval to the cases of important persons from Punjab and Balochistan for filing of references which included references against Mir Baz Muhammad Kehtran, former minister, and Zafar Iqbal Magsi, former DCO, for misappropriation of public funds, against eminent politician Saeed Ahmed Qureshi for bogus claim on account of flour milling charges from Government and Ch. Muhammad Rashid Khan, former Director/Superintending Engineer WAPDA, for exceeding level of assets. The Board also ordered to re-inquire a case of Khurram Javed for misappropriating public funds as well as against Muhammad Younis Marwat, an employee of NBP, who was on deputation to Development Bank of Afghanistan as ECO with a stress to expeditiously complete these inquiries. The board also approved the plea bargain request of Abdul Rashid former XEN WAPDA and Khalid Rehman, former Chairman Muslim Industrial Cooperative Corporation Ltd. Syed Deedar Hussain Shah stressed the need for deciding the cases on merit in pursuit of steps against corruption irrespective of the political affiliations and status of persons. n\\s2\\qj\\sl184\\