NAB chief takes notice of officials’ ‘involvement’

ISLAMABAD –  National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has taken notice of the alleged involvement of three senior officers in corruption in a housing society of the federal capital, The Nation has learnt.

Ministry of Commerce Employees’ Cooperative Housing Society President Rana Ghulam Fareed had written a letter to the NAB chief and the Chief Justice of Pakistan, requesting them to take notice of the alleged involvement of Director General HR Malik Shakeel, DG Rawalpindi Nasir Iqbal and Director Col (r) Javeed in grabbing the property of the housing society through unfair means.

In the letter, Fareed had said that the said NAB officers pressurized him to leave the society office and, when he resisted, they allegedly tortured him and his family members. In the letter, he had alleged that Shakeel with the help of Iqbal had secured property illegally in the housing scheme. Both Shakeel and Iqbal were working in the NAB as deputationists.

Fareed had also attached copies of five plots allotted to Shakeel’s brother and his nephew.

Sources told The Nation that the NAB chairman has received the application and he will soon form a team to probe the issue. The sources said that the officers will face strict action if found involved in the scam.

Interestingly, Shakeel is also a member of a committee headed by the Secretary Establishment Division which is investigating illegal appointments in the NAB.

In his first speech, the NAB chief had warned the bureau officers that he will take strict action if any of them was found involved in corruption. He had said: “I will personally monitor the performance of all officials and a visible difference will be seen in the bureau’s performance in coming months.”

The NAB chairman has already dismissed an officer in the Karachi bureau over corruption.

NAB spokesperson Asim Ali Nawazish could not be contacted for his version on the issue despite several attempts on his number.


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