NAB to file new reference against Sharifs

ISLAMABAD – The Executive Board of the National Accountability Bureau Wednesday authorised filing of six corruption references, including illegal construction of a road to residence, against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

NAB Chairman (retd) Justice Javed Iqbal, while chairing the meeting of executive board, approved filing of six corruption references, four inquiries and eleven investigations against politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats. The Sharif brothers allegedly caused a loss of Rs125 million to the national exchequer by illegally constructing a two-way road between Sharif family residence and Raiwind.

The NAB board has also given approval to file corruption reference against former chairman Evacuee Trust Syed Asif Akhtar Hashmi in case of illegal allotment of 450 plots, which caused loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. The third corruption reference has been authorised against former chairman Pakistan Tobacco Board Sahebzada Khalid in case of misuse of authority and illegal appointments.

The board approved filing of fourth reference against ex-secretary Labour Nusar Hayyat and others on corruption charges. They caused a loss of Rs270 million to the national exchequer.

The NAB executive board authorised filing of corruption reference against former chairman WAPDA and others. They violated PPRA rules by approving Rs136 million watt Rental Power project. The sixth corruption reference has been authorised against ex-vice chancellor Federal Urdu University Dr Zafar Iqbal in case of misuse of authority and illegal appointments.

The board authorised first investigation against ex-PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, ex-minister Dr Babar Awan, ex-secretary Law Masood Chishti, ex-secretary Water and Power Shahid Rafi and former director Ijaz Bashir in case of Rs113 billion corruption. They were allegedly involved in delay of Nandipur power project.

The second investigation was authorised against former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Aslam Khan Raisani and others in case of receiving of Rs1,817 million compensation from the provincial government and distributed the money among their relatives illegally. The third investigation has been authorised against former adviser of chief minister Sikandar Hayat and others in case of illegal occupation of government’s land.

The executive board authorised fourth investigation against ex-secretary Workers Welfare Boards Balochistan Mumtaz Ali Khan and others in case of low quality instalments of equipment Kidney Centre Quetta and misuse of authority.

The fifth investigation has been approved against ex-MNA Ghulam Haider, former Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan and official of Revenue and they involved in Rs600 million corruption in this case. The sixth investigation has been authorised against ex-MNA Sultan Mahmood Hanjra and others in case of misuse of authority and illegal allotments of government’s land.

The NAB executive board approved filing of the seventh investigation against former premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and others. They were allegedly involved in illegal appointment of ex-MD of Syndic Metals Limited Muhammad Razaq Hijrani. The eighth investigation has been approved by NAB board against former federal minsters Dr Arbab Alamgir and his wife Asma Arbab Alamgir in case of assets beyond known sources worth of Rs2.4 billion. The ninth investigation has been authorised against ex-secretary Local Bodies KP Hammad Awais Agha and others in case of embezzlement of funds which were allocated for installation of 1159 filter plants in KP. The last investigation has been authorised against former Chairman NICL Ayyaz Khan Niazi and others.

The NAB executive board also authorised an inquiry against ex-chief executive officer KASB Bank in case of misuse of authority and corruption, the second inquiry was authorised against Nadeem Ahmed and other in case of alleged transfers of money illegally. This case was referred by the State Bank of Pakistan.

 

 

NAB to file new reference against Sharifs

 

NOKHAIZ SAHI

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