ISLAMABAD - IMRAN MUKHTAR - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Wednesday decided to initiate a number of investigations on charges of misappropriation and embezzlement against former DG PAK PWD and joint secretary Ministry of Housing and Works for misusing authority by allegedly making illegal appointments.

Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari Wednesday presided over the Executive Board meeting that decided to authorise an investigation in a case against Maula Bukhsh Awan, Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Housing & Works, Gulab Zamir, Ex-DG Pak PWD, and others. The accused were alleged for misusing authority in recruitment of 746 persons in Pak PWD on daily wages and work charge basis. All the appointments were made during the period when the government had imposed ban in 2011 due to financial implications.

The Board also decided to authorise a complaint verification against PSO officials where the accused persons were alleged for illegally awarding contract for supply of Base Oil to the bidder Simpexco, causing loss of Rs 258 million to the national exchequer.

The Board approved Voluntary Return (VR) of Rs 27.27 million in Canal Motors case from Rana Qaiser Nazir, Mohsin Abbasi, Hafiz Usman Yousaf, Amina Qaisar and others.

The accused persons were allegedly involved in cheating public at large, defrauding them of their hard earned money amounting to Rs 1 billion (approximately) in the guise of investment. Owner of Canal Motors collected the amount from 200 people in the name of importing of vehicles. NAB has already arrested accused persons Rana Qaisar Nazir Ahmed and Mohsin Abbasi who are in the judicial custody.

The Board decided to close an inquiry against Belal Kemal Faruki on the ground that the matter has been resolved between the accused person and the Barclays Bank. In this case the accused person was alleged for suspicious transaction from USA and the amount was deposited in the accused’s account at Barclays Bank, DHA, Karachi.

In another case the Board decided to close the inquiry against Samir Shakir Mehmood, MD Samir Designs Ltd and others where the accused persons were allegedly involved in embezzlement of millions of rupees in the renovation work of shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (RA). The Board decided to close the inquiry at NAB’s end and decided to refer the case to Auqaf Department for recovering money. In another case the Board decided that inquiry against Dr. Zafar Altaf, former Chairman Idara-e-Kissan (IK) Executive Committee, Syed Amir ud Din Bukhari, CEO IK and others allowing Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab to proceed further.