ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered Rs 137 billion from the corrupt elements during the last one year and deposited the recovered amount into the national exchequer.

According to NAB spokesman, NAB Rawalpindi stood atop by recovering Rs 91 billon. The bureau has recovered Rs 23 billion in fake accounts case. NAB Rawalpindi filed 10 references in various accountability courts from out of a total of 43 fake accounts scam cases. Some 12 cases were at investigation stage, while the inquiries were continuing in 21 cases.

The fake account cases accused included former President Asif Ali Zardari, former Prime Ministers Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, directors messers, Zardari Group, Faryal Talpur, director Omni Group, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Group, Chairman messers Bahria Town Private Limited, Malik Riaz Hussain, chief executive officer messers Bahria Town private limited, Ali Riaz Malik, director Bahria Town Zain Malik, former director general SBCA Manzoor Qadir Kaka, former secretary   Sindh Ejaz Ahmed Khan, former Metropolitan Commissioner KMC Matanat Ali Khan, former Metropolitan Commissioner KMC, Samiuddin Siddique, former director general Parks and Horticulture KMC, Liaquat Ali Khan, former Administrator KMC Muhammad Hussain Syed, former President Sindh Bank Bilal Shaikh and former President Arif Habib, Hussain Lawai.

According to NAB, 52 fake account case suspects including former President Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Omni Group, Bilal Shaikh and Hussain Lawai have been arrested. Arrest warrants of 64 fake account suspects had been issued. Of which 12 suspects have been declared proclaimed offenders, 18 have been awarded sentences under per plea bargain law, besides disqualifying them for 10 years.

The names of 186 suspects including Asif Ali Zardari, Yousaf Raza Gilani, Faryal Talpur, and Khawaja Anwer Majeed had already been placed in exit control list. Asif Ali Zardari has been nominated in four cases, Nawaz Sharif, Faryal Talpur in one case each, Khawaja Anwer Majeed (Omni Group) in nine cases.

The spokesman said NAB was determined to present the suspects in accountability courts from hospitals, abroad, etc. Records of suspects were being arranged from various institutions. While the process of turning some suspects as approvers was also continue and more references will be filed soon.

NAB, Rawalpindi has also recovered heavy amounts in 3G Licence, housing frauds, NAB Lahore has recovered over Rs 30 billion, NAB Karachi over Rs 3,300 billion, NAB Sukkur has recovered Rs 9,400 billion in plea bargain and voluntary return scheme.