ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) yesterday decided to file a corruption reference against former minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain and others in case of fraudulent land allotments and illegal annexation of land, unfair natural gas distribution quotas and money laundering. The decision was taken during the Executive Board Meeting (EBM) keeping in view the huge loss to the national exchequer.

The EBM meeting under the chairmanship of chairman NAB took place just days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lashed out at the bureau that it was threatening government officials without verification of allegations.

The EBM also decided to authorise investigation against Dr Asim Hussain , Azeem Iqbal Siddiqui, ex-MD SSGCL, Zuhair Ahmed Siddiqui, EX-MD, SSDCL, Shoaib Warsi, Ex-MD SSGCL, Khalid Rehman, MD SSGCL.

In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misappropriation of funds of SSGCL and OGDCL by providing illegal benefits to the Jamshoro Joint Venture Ltd (JJVL) during 2011 as gas worth billions of rupees was illegally provided to the company from various gas fields and caused a loss of approximately Rs10 billion to the national exchequer.

The EBM re-authorised another investigation against Dr Rasool Bux Solangi, ex-deputy district officer (Revenue), Karachi, Abdul Aziz Qazi, ex-tapedar Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town Karachi, Abdul Majeed and Justice (Retd) Zahid K. Alvi.  In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority/corruption and corrupt practices and thus caused a loss of approximately Rs1.26 billion to the national exchequer.

The EBM further decided to authorise three inquiries. The first inquiry was authorised against Saradar Asif Nakai, MPA, Khan Arshad Khan, ex-president Housing Society, Dr Muhammad Ilyas Qamar, Talib Hussain Talib, Marketing Manager and others of Al-Madina Garden Housing Society, Pattoki, Kasur. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misappropriation and criminal breach of trust in respect of amount recovered as consideration of plots and development works thereof by omitting the development works in the society and non-mutation of land in the name of purchasers. 

Second inquiry was authorised on the complaint of Australian High Commission, Islamabad against Nazir Abbas of Al-Abbas International Educational Consultants and others. The accused persons were alleged for cheating students at large and defrauded 106 students by collecting approximately Rs760 million for processing of Australian Visa in this case.  

Third inquiry was authorised against Ashfaq Jumani of National Highway Authority M/S Siraj (Pvt) Ltd and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority by illegal award of contract to M/s Siraj (Pvt) Limited. Thus caused a loss of Rs92 million to the national exchequer.   

 The EBM re-authorised inquiry against officials of Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority and illegal conversion/allotment of Land to resourceful persons and caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.

The EBM also decided to close Complaint Verification against J.H.Kim, CEO, Daewoo, Pakistan due to its civil nature of the case and NAO does not attract the cognizance of the offence.

GOVT, OPP AGREE ON COMMISSION TO OVERSEE NAB WORKING

INP adds: The government and the opposition yesterday agreed to oversee the functioning of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and link its references with the approval of an independent commission.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar contacted Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah regarding a new draft law for NAB.

Sources said an independent commission would give approval to NAB references, while the government and the opposition would nominate 70 and 30 percent representatives of the independent commission, respectively.

“The independent commission will be authorised to reject the decisions of NAB’s Executive Board while the new ordinance could be enforced through Presidential Ordinance,” the sources revealed.