NAB okays filing of cases against Sharjeel, others – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Office of Responsibility (NAB) approved the submission of three references on Friday.

One of the references will be presented against former information minister and leader of the People's Party of Pakistan (PPP) Sharjeel Inam Memon and before the former managing director of the State Petroleum of Pakistan (PSO) Irfan Khalil Qureshi. The third reference is against Abdul Hameed and others for allegedly awarding contracts illegally.

NAB initiated an investigation against Mr. Memon in July on allegations of corruption and money laundering and possession of assets on behalf of his dependents and benefactors. The PPP leader is also accused of granting ads at "exorbitant rates" when he was Sindh's information minister. He was arrested by NAB in 2017, but is currently on bail.

The reference against Mr. Qureshi relates to the misuse of authority and the supply of oil to different companies allegedly illegally, which cost the national treasury Rs522 million.

The reference against Abdul Hameed and others is allegedly due to the misuse of authority and the illegal award of construction contracts to companies that, according to NAB, caused a loss of Rs of billions to the national kitten.

In addition, the NAB executive board headed by the retired president, Judge Javed Iqbal, approved 12 consultations against former minister Babar Khan Ghori, former prime minister of Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad, Senator Kalsoom Perveen, the member of the Assembly Sindh Syed Awais Shah, the member of the Assembly of Punjab Qaiser Abbas Magsi, the managing director of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Employees Foundation, former session judge Khizer Hayat and several officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Puerto Qasim Authority and other government officials.

Interestingly, the president of the NAB decided not to investigate matters related to sales tax and income tax and referred these pending inquiries to the Federal Revenue Board (FBR).

In addition, the office sent investigations against some government officials to their respective departments for disciplinary proceedings. For example, a case related to the Medical and Dental Council of Pakistan has been referred to the PMDC registrar and another against Multan Electric Power Company officials to the Ministry of Energy. Similarly, cases against former KP chief secretary Amjad Ali, irrigation, construction officials and Lady Reading Hospital have been sent to the chief secretary of the province for disciplinary proceedings.

The NAB executive board closed the investigations against Farooq Nazir, former inspector general (prison); Absar Nabi, former chief executive officer of Pakistan Steel Mills; Dr. Joseph Wilson, interim president of the Competitive Commission of Pakistan (CCP); Rana Mustafa, former CPC senior staff officer; and some officials of the KP Ehtesab Commission, the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, the Punjab Minerals Company and the forestry department (Hyderabad).

Posted in Dawn, September 7, 2019



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