MIRPUR/Islamabad - During a raid, a National Accountability Bureau’s team was thrashed at the residence of former AJK president Raja Zulqurnain Khan here on Wednesday after the arrest of his son in Islamabad in connection with a multibillion rupees rental power scam, officials said.

On the other side, Prime Minister Abdul Majeed has ordered high-level inquiry into the unpleasant incident, an AJK government spokesman said. The spokesman said the government had also expressed grave concern over the incident. He said the NAB should have consulted with the Accountability Bureau of Azad Jammu & Kashmir before conducting search operation in the jurisdiction of Azad Kashmir.

In the attack, NAB Deputy Director Asghar Khan was wounded, said Mirpur Deputy Commissioner Amjad Iqbal. He said the visiting NAB team comprising two deputy directors, policemen and a magistrate conducted the search operation at the residence of Raja Zulqurnain Khan. A couple of days ago, arrest of his son Babar Ali Zulqurnain Khan was made in Islamabad in connection with the multibillion rental power scam.

The district administration and the police headed by a duty magistrate, AC Raja Qaiser Aurangzeb and DSP Khawaja Abdul Qayyum provided assistance to the team. According to the details gathered by this correspondent from the local authorities, the situation took an ugly turn during the search operation for collection of documentary evidence. Meanwhile, one after the other, the team members and the ex-president’s family members started taking snaps of each other.

During that, heated argument took place between one of the deputy directors and Raja Zulqurnain’s son Qaiser Zulqarnain Khan who was present at home, which resulted in an alleged assault on Deputy Director Asghar Khan. The local police team controlled the situation from further aggravation.

The injured deputy director received minor bruises and was taken to the DHQ Hospital. Duty Magistrate - Assistant Commissioner Mirpur Qaiser Aurangzeb visited the hospital and inquired after his health.

The deputy commissioner and the SP immediately rushed to the scene. Both the NAB deputy directors later filed a complaint with the city police station which has reportedly booked Qaiser Zulqarnain Khan and others allegedly involved in the assault on the NAB team.

According to Mirpur SSP Raja Irfan Salim, the NAB team had collected required documentary record during the search operation in the house. But the situation took serious turn when one of the NAB official started taking snaps of Qaiser Zulqarnain Khan which led to the scuffle. “Further investigations are in progress,” the SSP told The Nation.

The NAB had, about two days ago, arrested Baber Ali Zulqarnain Khan after his bail plea was rejected by Islamabad High Court in the multi-billion famous rental power case in which former Pakistani prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and several other bigwigs were also allegedly involved.

NAB sources in Islamabad told The Nation that the gunmen of the AJK ex-president brutally thrashed seven members of a NAB investigation team and snatched record of the corruption case of his son on gunpoint.

The sources said that the Bureau had expanded the investigation against Raja Babar Ali Zulqarnain and reached his residence on Wednesday for investigation into the corruption case against his son. They said that guards of the former president attacked the NAB team and stopped them from entering the house. The guards slapped Deputy Director NAB Asghar Khan who is the investigation officer of the case.

NAB launched a probe into the rental power projects on allegations of corruption and misuse of authority. Raja Babar Zuliqarnain and 27 others were investigated following which the anti-graft body submitted a reference in an accountability court.

The sources said that NAB authorities took up the issue with AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Majeed and he ensured the NAB team that he would launch an inquiry in this regard soon and would send the report to NAB headquarters.

The sources said that Raja Zuliqarnain’s guards thrashed the NAB team in the presence of police and area Magistrate but they played the role of a silent spectator and did not take any action.

After the incident, the NAB shifted the injured Deputy Director to Mirpur district hospital and later it was decided to shift him to Islamabad for better medical treatment. NAB high-ups decided to take action against the culprits under the section 33c.