ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau has ordered an investigation against former army officials and civil servants of the Balochistan government in a corruption case.

The executive board meeting chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal ordered the investigation against Lt-Gen (retd) Muhammad Afzal Janjua, Brig (retd) Iftikhar Mehdi, former secretary finance Balochistan Mehfooz Ali Khan and directors of M/s Allah Hu Holding Limited and officials of the Balochistan government in a case of embezzlement of Rs243 million.

The meeting also decided to file three corruption references and five inquiries.

The NAB executive board approved the first corruption reference against the owner of Safa Gold Mall Rana Abdul Qyum and officials of the Capital Development Authority in case of illegal approval of construction of additional floors of the mall in a posh area of the federal capital, causing a loss of million rupees to the national kitty.

The second reference was approved against former director-general Galyat Development Authority (GDA) Tariq Hayat Khan and others on charges of the misuse of power and illegally allotting land of the GDA on low rates, causing a loss of Rs90 million to the national exchequer.

The third reference was approved against former managing director Water and Sanitation Authority Quetta Hamid Latif Rana and others in a case of assets beyond the known source of income, causing a loss of Rs337 million to the national treasury.

The NAB authorized the first inquiry against the management of the National Highway Authority and others for their alleged involvement in awarding the contract of Karachi-Lahore Motorway Section-III-Abdul Hakeem (230-km) to M/s China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation. The illegal contract caused a loss of Rs14 billion to the national exchequer.

The second inquiry was launched against two ex-members of National Assembly, Muddasar Qayuom Nahra and Azhar Qyuom Nahra in a case of assets beyond the known source of income.  The third inquiry was authorized against two individuals, Hafeezur Rehman and Qasim Shah over the allegations of corruption.

The NAB ordered the fourth inquiry against officials of the Sarhad Development Authority and others on charges of the misuse of authority and illegally giving an approval for construction of an educational institute in the Industrial State Hayatabad Zone. The fifth inquiry was authorized against Deputy Manager SS&T Division SAPCO Sakkhar Nazir Ahmed Somro in case of assets beyond the known source of income. 

The NAB decided to close inquiries against officers of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, AKD real estate and directors of Massers Cement Factory, directors of Younis Brother Group of Industries, officials of Land Utilization Department Board of Revenue Sindh and officials of the Haripur University due to lack of evidence.

The NAB chief directed the officials and regional bureaus to complete the inquiries within the stipulated time without taking any pressure.