LAHORE – The Interior Ministry, on request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), has issued red warrant for Sami Khilji, former secretary and chairman Pakistan Railways.

Sami was facing embezzlement charges in purchase of new railway engines and maintenance of old ones, Interior Ministry sources said on Monday. It is worth mentioning that after his retirement from Pakistan Railways, Sami shifted to Canada and settled there.

Sources said Mr Khilji was allegedly involved in pushing the proposal to purchase 150 diesel engines from US firm General Electric, despite the fact that the Finance Ministry had opposed the proposal.

Mr Khilji had pushed the case through the Central Development Working Party (CDWP).

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) had approved a project to purchase locomotives from a US company in violation of procurement rules at exorbitant rates against Finance Ministry’s advice, allegedly under pressure from the US.  The project was approved by Ecnec headed by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh at a cost of Rs 55.5 billion.

The Finance Ministry had raised objections to the summary on grounds that the proposal violated the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Rules and was not financially viable. It is pertinent to mention here that Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued directions to NAB few days back to arrest corrupt officials of Railways within three days.