NAB to approach Interpol for bringing back Dar

ISLAMABAD – The Executive Board of National Accountability Bureau has decided to bring former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar back to the country trough Interpol in a corruption case.

However, the Bureau has also written to the interior ministry in this regard. According to a statement issued by the NAB, the decision was taken in the EBM, which was chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (R) Javeed Iqbal. Ishaq Dar is receiving medical treatment in London and has already been declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court.

The NAB statement further said: “Dar is suffering from no such ailment that cannot be treated in Pakistan.” NAB also authorised eight inquiries and two investigations in different corruption cases.

Sources said that the NAB has also written the interior ministry regarding contact to Interpol in Dar’s case. They said that the EBM meeting was not scheduled and even no regional DG was invited to attend the meeting. They mentioned that usually all regional DGs were informed about the EBM and even the agenda was shared with the regional Bureaus of the board meeting. Interestingly, the recently appointed Special Prosecutor General Shah Khawar was also missing in the meeting.

The NAB EBM authorised two investigations. The first was authorised against ex- MPA Nasirullah Baloch in case of misuse of authority and tempering in official record. The second investigation was authorised by NAB EBM against the officials of PWD Larkana in case of Rs26 million embezzlement.

The NAB EB authorised seven inquiries and the first inquiry was authorised against officers of Civil Aviation Authority on allegations of misuse of authority, corruption in contract of special package handling passenger terminal building. The second inquiry was ordered against alleged registration of 56 illegal public limited companies in Punjab and violation of PPRA rules.

The NAB EB authorised third inquiry against the former CEO of PIA and officials of PIA and Civil Aviation Authority who were involved in selling of PIA plane illegally. The accused caused a loss of Rs500 million to the national exchequer in this case. The fourth inquiry was authorised against the officials of Habib Bank Limited New York Branch and HBL headquarters on the allegation of money laundering. The fifth inquiry was authorised against Chief Engineer Agriculture Department Arshad Ahmed Memon in case of misuse of authority and thereby causing loss of millions of rupees to national exchequer.

The NAB EB authorised the sixth inquiry against Vice Chancellor of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur in case of assets beyond known sources and seventh iniquity was authorised against officials of North Sindh Urban Services Corporation in corruption case of Rs190 million.

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