ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has so far received 40,139 complaints of affectees of Mudarba and Musharka scam and claims of Rs. 21.675 billion while the bureau has recovered Rs 1.691 billion in this mega scam.

Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman while presiding over a meeting to review the progress in Modarba scam on Thursday, directed NAB officers to work with honesty of purpose and redouble their efforts to recover the looted money.

He directed to immediately arrest all the remaining plunderers who are involved in the scam.

According to a statement released by NAB, the Chairman directed prosecutors at regional level to put their heads together with investigators so that cases in courts are well pursued.

Director General (DG) NAB (Rawalpindi) apprised the meeting that NAB has so far filed two references in the Modarba Scam including a reference against Ghulam Rasool Ayubi (Mezban Trading Company Pvt Ltd and others) and a reference against Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Usmani (Al-Wasey Group and others).

The DG NAB Rawalpindi also apprised that six investigations have been authorized in the Modarba Scam which include: investigation against Mufti Ehsan ul Haq (M/s Fayyazi Gujranwala Industries), investigation against Asif Javed alias Maulana Ibrahim and others (M/s Elixir Group), investigation against Molana Abdullah and others (Islamic Traders Pvt Ltd), investigation against Muhammad Irfan and others (Bolan City), investigation against Bilal Khan Bangash and others (Maseha Forex) and investigation against Matti-ur-Rehman and others (M/s Global Concerns).

The meeting also apprised the Chairman that 17 inquiries are under progress besides a large number of complaints verification.

The Bureau has so far arrested 14 accused persons including Mufti Ehsan-ul-Haq, Mufti Ibrar-ul-Haq, Hafiz Muhammad Nawaz, Moeen Aslam, Obaidullah, Mufti Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Sajjad Ahmed, Asif Javeed, Ghulam Rasool Ayubi, Muhammad Hussain Ahmed, Hamid Nawaz, Muhammad Irfan, Bilal Khan Bangash and Matiur Rehman.

The Chairman NAB instructed the DG NAB Rawalpindi to solicit help from public as well as from police in finding out more assets of the culprits besides the whereabouts of the remaining accused.

He ordered that a fortnightly progress report be put up showing improved performance. He also directed investigators of Regional Bureau to dig out corroborating evidence by all means so as to ensure return of the looted money back to the poor affected people of the country.