- Inquiries ordered against Nawaz, Shahid Khaqan for awarding LNG contracts based on nepotism
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday decided to move against heavyweights including former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah for alleged graft and misuse of power.
The decision was taken at the NAB’s executive board’s meeting chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal and attended by all the DGs and other high ranking officials.
The accountability watchdog also decided to move against former Karachi Port Trust (KPT) chairman Vice Admiral Ahmed Hayat and former KPT general manager Brig (r) Syed Jamshed Zaidi.
The meeting ordered an inquiry against Nawaz Sharif, then petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others for awarding LNG terminals contracts to a favorite and handpicked company in violation of PPRA rules, misusing their authority and causing damage to the national exchequer amounting billions of rupees.
The meeting also approved the investigation against Qaim Ali Shah, former culture and tourism secretary and other officials of the Sindh government for awarding a contract of Sindh Cultural Festival 2014 in violation of relevant rules.
The accused would be probed against corruption charges which caused a loss to the exchequer worth Rs127 million.
Moreover, the NAB also ordered an inquiry against Shehbaz Sharif, relevant provincial secretaries, a former MPA from Chiniot and the administration of Ramzan Sugar Mill Limited, Chiniot for alleged misuse of authority which caused a heavy loss to the exchequer.
The meeting also approved a corruption reference to be filed against former chairman of Karachi Port Trust, Vice Admiral Ahmed Hayat, former KPT general manager Brig (r) Syed Jamshed Zaidi and Messers Karachi international Containers Terminals for alleged extension in the contract in violation of rules and misuse of authority causing a damage of Rs21 billion to the exchequer.
The meeting also approved an inquiry against former Balochistan minister Sheikh Jaffar Khan and Deputy Director Water Management Abdul Latif Khan for possession of assets beyond income.
Another inquiry was ordered against former forests minister for Balochistan, Obaidullah Babat and others for misuse of authority, embezzlement of public funds and possession of assets beyond income.
The executive board meeting also approved inquiry against former speaker, deputy speaker and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) legislative council secretary for illegal appointments which caused a damaged to the exchequer.
It also approved an inquiry against former MPA Jawad Kamran Khar and others for allotment of government land through forgery in Muzaffargarh.
The meeting also approved inquiry against the administration of Paragon Housing Society for massive fraud and suspected transaction. The housing society is owned by former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and former Punjab health minister Khawaja Salman Rafique.
However, the names of both the brothers are yet to be ascertained.
The NAB also approved investigation against former forestry conservator Zamurd Khan, Member GB Legislative Assembly Gulbar Khan and others for violation of timber policy 2013 and transportation of forest wood without imposing a fine which caused a loss to exchequer amounting to Rs44.46 million.
The meeting also approved the investigation against Muhammad Amjad and Murtaza Amjad of Eden Housing Society for fraud and suspected transaction.
The meeting also ordered an inquiry against Nirala MSR Food Limited for embezzlement of funds and corruption charges. The meeting also approved investigation against land utilization department officials under the charges of illegal allotment of state land, causing a loss to the exchequer.
The meeting also approved a corruption reference against former Pakistan State Oil (PSO) general manager Abdul Hakeem Siddiqui and others for their alleged embezzlement in petroleum levy through misuse of authority causing heavy loss to the kitty.
The meeting also approved an inquiry against the owner of Daily Sarawan Ghulam Hussain Sachawari under the charges of fraud and suspected transactions.
Furthermore, the NAB also approved inquiry against KP energy development organisation chief executive Akbar Ayub Khan and others. The accused are alleged for irregular and illegal appointment in the organisation.
The meeting also approved a supplementary reference against former Bahauddin Zakria University (BZU) Multan vice-chancellor Professor Dr Khawaja Alqama and others. The accused are suspected of opening an illegal campus in Lahore and for receiving a hefty amount from students in the name of fee illegally.
The meeting also approved investigation against Sindh fisheries department in Khairpur division for the award of illegal contracts and embezzlement in public funds, causing damage to the exchequer worth Rs98 million.