Islamabad, February 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB at NAB Headquarter here today. The following decisions were made during the Executive Board Meeting (EBM).
The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) decided to file four (4) corruption references. First corruption reference was approved against Moeen Aftab Shaikh, Ex-Chairman, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi and Sameen Asghar, Ex-Director, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for causing a loss of Rs. 188, 160, 000/- to the national exchequer.
Second corruption reference was approved against Syed Murid Kazim, Ex-Minister for Revenue, Govt of KP others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption and corrupt practices / misuse of authority in illegal transfer of valuable state land measuring 1976 Kanals situated in Dera Ismail Khan in the name of Naval Families Rehabilitation Organization (NFRO) Bahawalpur. 91 Kanal of worth Rs. 98.65 million is still in the possession of accused persons. NAB HQ has already requested Naval HQ for appropriate action against Navel officers involved in the above such case.
Third corruption reference was approved against Saeed Ahmad Qureshi, Chief Executive of Sultan Flour and General Mills (Pvt.) Ltd. Multan obtained 4863.863 million tons of wheat on subsidize rates on the condition that the said volume of the floor shall be processed in the Flour Mills of the accused. The accused sold the subsidized wheat in the open market and caused a loss of Rs. 23,79,184/-to the national exchequer.
Fourth corruption reference was approved against Ahsan Ullah Khan, Ex-Senior Member Board of Revenue, officers/officials of Revenue Department KP and others. In this case, the accused Ahsan Ullah Khan, Ex-Senior Member Board of Revenue illegally promoted Naib Tehsildar without Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC), codal formalities against the rules and regulations by misuse of authority, illegal appointment and promotion of revenue staff. Thus caused a huge loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.
The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) decided to authorize investigation against Raja Ikram-ul-Haq, Ex-Secretary, Postal Services, Aziz Ullah Khan, Deputy DG, Financial Services, Fazle Sattar, Additional DG Ops, Pakistan Post, Hafiz Zafar Ali Malik, Director, Financial Services (FS) and Masroor Sarwar Khan, CEO NM/S MSK International and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for fraud in Housing Scheme at Kurri Road, corruption and corrupt practices in awarding contract to M/S 360 Technologies by disqualifying other bidders illegally and violation of PPRA rules in giving contract to M/s telconet. Thus causing a loss of Rs. 100 million to the national exchequer.
The EBM decided to authorize three investigations in a case against officers/officials of Pak PWD Lahore and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for mis-procurement and non transparency in tendering process in CCD-1, Pak PWD, Lahore. Thus causing a loss of Rs. 153 million to the national exchequer.
The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) decided to authorize inquiry against Ali Madad Sher, Ex-Minister Education, Gilgit-Baltistan. In this case, the accused person is alleged for accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.
Second inquiry was authorized against officials of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for 2(AR 1996-97) irregular expenditure of US $27, 547, 21 on medical treatment of Information Minister and 3 (AR 1996-97) injudicious utilization of 85% entertainment allowance of US $28, 560.
Third inquiry was authorized inquiry against officials of Privatization Commission of Pakistan and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority and loss to national exchequer for alleged corruption in the Privatization of Pak-American Fertilizer Ltd, Daudkhel Mianwali in 2009 in which M/S Ibrahim Fiber Pvt. Ltd (IFL) was successful bidder for Rs. 19.99/- billion.
Fourth inquiry was authorized against Muhammad Saleem Rafi, CEO, M/s Hilton Trans, Muhammad Arshad Latif, Director, M/s Hilton Trans and Qamar Mahmood Khan, Director, M/s Hilton Trans referred by Governor State Bank of Pakistan u/s 31-D of NAO-1999 on the allegation of willful loan default of Rs. 125.171 million.
The EBM authorized two (2) inquiries in a case against officers/officials of PNSC for alleged illegal appointments in KPT/PNSC beyond the age of 60 years, illegal allotment of plots, illegal re-imbursement of hefty medical bills and unauthorized retention of vehicles and staff by Ex-KPT Officers/Trustees/Ex-Minister and Minister of State. Thus causing huge loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.
The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) has decided to re-authorize two inquiries against the Management of National Industrial Parks Development (NIP), Member of Land procurement Committee, Muhammad Zubair, Muhammad Ashraf and others (Illegal procurement of land measuring 800 Kanals.
Thus causing loss of Rs. 93.80 million to the national exchequer. The Management of Pakistan industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and Furniture Pakistan. Member of Land procurement Committee, Muhammad Ashraf and others for illegal procurement of Land measuring 17 Kanals and 16 Marlas. Thus causing loss of Rs. 58.60 million to the national exchequer.
In another case of re-authorization of inquiry against officers/officials of Ministry of Information Technology, PTCL and PTA-Matter of ICH. In this case, the accused officers/officials of Ministry of IT and PTA were alleged for handed over the monitoring and handling of International Clearing House (ICH) to PTCL. Thus causing a loss of Rs. 1 billion per month to the national exchequer within the definition of misuse of authority u/s 9 (a) vi of NAO-1999.
The EBM also authorized Complaint Verification of officers/officials of IESCO for allegedly illegal appointment and recruitment in IESCO. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for illegal appointment 2080 posts of BPS-17 and below in IESCO through non transparent manners and allegedly different rates were paid according to the posts.
The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) has decided to close two (2) inquiries against officers/officials of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and others and inquiry against DG Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA), officers/officials of WCLA, private contractors and others due to lack of incriminating evidence.
The EBM has approved the Voluntary Return (VR) application of M. Amjad Aziz, CEO, Divine Developers (Pvt.) Ltd, Lahore and others. The EBM also approved Plea Bargain (PB) application of officers/officials of Peshawar University and others.
At the end, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB reiterated his determination for eradication of corruption and corrupt practices from the country by adopting “Zero Tolerance Policy” across the board. He directed all officers/officials of NAB to put their best efforts in conduct of complaint verification, inquiries and investigations against corrupts in accordance with law, transparently and on merit.
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