ISLAMABAD - The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised three investigations, two inquiries and also decided to file a reference against former secretary health Balochistan Dr Manzoor Hussain.

The EBM was held under chairmanship of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhary at NAB Headquarters. On this occasion, the chairman NAB said that corruption and corrupt practices would not be tolerated in the country.  The EBM authorised filling of a reference against Dr Shafi Muhammad Zehri, former secretary health Balochistan, Dr Manzoor Hussain, ex-additional secretary health, Dr Elahi Bkhsh, ex-additional director Dr Abdul Ghaffar Kayani, Additional Director and Dr Akhtar Hameed, Contractor. In this case, the officials of Health Department Balochistan committed the offence of corruption and misused their authority by helping the contractor in evading government taxes of Rs6,051,190 and released performance bank guarantee of Rs3,850,000 before stipulated period. Hence the accused caused a total of Rs9,901,190 to state exchequer during the purchase of CT Scan Machine for Bolan Medical College and Hospital, Quetta.

The Executive Board approved the application of Voluntary Return of Rs44 million by M/S MN Construction Company. The EBM also approved the application of Plea Bargain filed by Shahbaz ud Din, Tariq Shahbaz and Khalid Shahzad of an amount of Rs109,480,000.

The EBM authorised three investigations, first against Saadat Anwar, Member Provincial Assembly Balochistan, ex-finance minister and ex- chairman BDA Ali Zaheer, Additional Chief Secretary, BDA and Manzoor Ahmed, DG (M&E). In this case, the accused persons are alleged of illegal change of executing agency for project namely Zhob Mir Ali Khail from C&W Deptt to BDA, Quetta, illegal enhancement in scope and cost, non-transparency in prequalification of contractors and award of contract at exorbitant rates, causing a huge loss to national exchequer. Second against Qadir Bux, Gadda Hussain Abro, Imtiaz Solangi, Abdul Subhan Memon, Salik Nukrich, Ghulam Ali Shah. In this case, the accused persons are alleged for Illegal allotment of land measuring 7-01 acres in Survey No. 54 in Deh Jamshoro in connivance with the Revenue Department, Hyderabad, causing a loss of Rs350 to 400 million to national exchequer. The third against Zard Ali Khan, Chief Engineer (BS-20) C&W Department, Peshawar. In this case, the accused is accused of accumulation of assets beyond known sources of Income.

The EBM authorised two inquiries, first against Ahmad Humayun Shaikh (BOP Case-2015) SBP Ref under Section 31-D of NAO 1999, Ref amount Rs76.372 million. In this case, the accused person is alleged for willful loan default of Rs76.372 million. Second against Muhammad Yusuf, Faisal Iqbal and Others (Bank-Al-Habib Limited, Shahdad Kot Branch, Sindh).

In this case, huge turnover in the accounts has been noticed.

The Executive Board also decided to close two cases, first against Irfanullah Khan, Director (BS-20), Literacy & Non-Formal Basic Education, Quetta Balochistan and second Khyzer Yousuf Dada, Director Rehmoumer & Co. Pakistan (Parent Co.) and Zaheer Abbas Lund Baloch due to lack of incriminating evidence.

In a case against officials of Pakistan Postal Services Department and others namely Raja Ikram-ul-Haq, ex-secretary Postal Services, Aijaz Ali Khan, ex-managing director, Pakistan Post Foundation and Masroor  Sarwar Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) M/s MSK International. In this case, the accused are alleged for committing corruption in Pakistan Post Foundation Housing Schemes, causing a loss of Rs100 million to national exchequer. The EBM directed DG NAB, Rawalpindi to further inquire the matter within one month and submit report in this regard.