ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) here on Tuesday decided to initiate investigation against Chairman Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) and other officials of the commission for allegedly selling 800 posts of basic pay scale 16-18 against lucrative amounts ranging from 1.7 million rupees to four million rupees each.

The decision was taken during the meeting of NAB’s executive board held Tuesday that was provided over by Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari.

A statement issued by NAB says that the board decided to authorize an inquiry against the Chairman Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) and others where the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority, favouritism, nepotism, corruption and corrupt practices while appointing officials against 800 vacancies of grade 16 to18.

It was alleged that each post of head mistresses (BS-17) was sold for Rs 1.7 million and assistant commissioner for Rs four million each without observing merit and depriving poor of their basic rights.

The board decided to refer a case to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) against four former directors of Bank of Punjab (BoP) so that a reference could be filed with NAB through Governor SBP under section 31-D of NAO 1999. In this case the accused persons were alleged for obtaining bank loans in violation of rules and regulations.

The board also decided to close four inquiries / investigations for want of incrementing evidence against the accused persons.

First one was against Rana Zahid Ashraf, CEO GEPCO (Gujranwala Electric Power Company) and others where the accused persons were alleged for corruption in procurement of steel cross arms, procurement of capacitors, in acquisition of land for grid station at Khiali Aroop and illegal appointments in GEPCO.

IT was also decided to close another case against Nawaz Ali Samejo, ex-chief engineer, WAPDA where the accused person was alleged for embezzlement of Rs 13.86 million in the purchase of one shaft circulating pump and one thrust roller bearing.

Third one was against Yousaf Khattak, ex DG on Farm Water Management, Agriculture Department, Peshawar.

The accused person was alleged for accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.

Fourth case was closed against Mr. Qamar Hussain, President National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). The accused was alleged for submission of fake educational degrees/ certificates for appointment by changing his father name.