ISLAMABAD - Since assuming the powerful position of chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has filed 40 references, including 19 against powerful figures and officials, The Nation has learnt.
In an interview on Wednesday, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry told The Nation that he intended to pursue all the cases without fear or favour. He vowed to make NAB fully functional under his leadership and not to take dictation from anyone. “We will not spare anyone and will follow the course of law,” Chaudhry said.
Among these 19 references, one is against Ghazan Khan, brother of ex-chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who was arrested on Tuesday last in a reference of misappropriating Rs 2 billion while buying weapons for KP police along with ex-inspector general Naveed Malik.
Chaudhary has also filed a reference against Shaukat Tareen, ex-finance minister. Tareen has been accused of releasing 7 per cent mobilisation advance to the RPPs in February 2009. Three RPPs references have been filed by NAB so far and all include Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, ex-prime minister, as accused. Energy tycoon Iqbal Z Ahmad has also been nominated in an RPP reference.
Nine references are about Rs 26 billion corruption in Pakistan Steel Mills and Riaz Lal Jee is one of accused persons.
Another reference is about Rs 82 billion corruption in Ogra against Tauqir Sadiq, former chairman Ogra, and Aqeel Karim Dheedhi. The second Ogra reference is about illegal appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as chairman Ogra in which both the former PMs Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Yousaf Raza Gilani have been involved.
The NAB has also filed references against Sami Khilji, ex-chairman Railway, and Saeed Akhtar, ex-GM railways, for committing $3 million corruption.