ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday initiated an inquiry against its Human Resource (HR) Director Ahmed Jan Malik as the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) has unearthed massive irregularities in the Cattle Market Management Company (CMMC) Multan and the director remained a top man of the company in 2015-16.
Well-informed sources disclosed to Pakistan Today that Lahore NAB Director General (DG) has authorised an inquiry against Ahmed Jan Malik in the first week of the ongoing month. He is on deputation in the bureau from the last one year and belongs to Office Management Group (OMG).
They said that although NAB has launched an inquiry against 56 companies of Punjab over alleged irregularities and heavy corruption and the CMMC Multan division is one of them, however, Ahmed Jan Malik, who was the company’s ex-managing director, never appeared before the NAB inquiry panel neither did he voluntarily present himself for investigation.
“At present, he has been working with the bureau as HR director and sits in the NAB headquarters,” said sources, adding that this might be the reason behind not participating in the inquiry.
It is relevant to mention that the AGP’s report of CMMC Multan division for financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 has raised questions over the appointment of Jan as MD. The audit apprehended that in the second advertisement process of selection for the post of MD and general manager operations (GMO), only the post of GMO was recommended for re-advertised however, both posts were advertised by the acting MD Azfar Zia in order to adjust Ahmed Jan Malik.
“This was done so that he can apply through a proper channel and an already selected candidate was not issued the offer letter,” said the AGP’s report.
The report also discloses the presence of unauthorised operating cattle markets in Multan. “The managing director fails to combat the illegally operating cattle markets in this division. Various cattle markets were frequently operating their business at small scale by encroachers and mafia without the realisation of possible revenue and without the provision of organised necessary basic facilities for the buyers and sellers,” the report said.
“The audit is of the view that the recruitments were made in the absence of a merit-based, transparent process,” the report further said, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today.
Furthermore, the report points out that Ahmed Jan Malik used his personal car bearing No.RB-502 for travelling and tours as well as, for official use and withdrew a petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) of Rs519,998 during July 2015 to December 2016. The POL was withdrawn irregularly and a logbook was maintained defectively.
Last but not the least, the statutory audit and inspection report for the period July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017 on the accounts of CMMC Multan division has pointed out fraudulent awards of leases to the contractor by tempering the tender rates of Rs 6.09million, irregular and doubtful lease agreement of Adda Bailail cattle market due to non-availability of the landlord’s ownership proof worth Rs 1.89million, unjustified withdrawal of vehicle rent charges and maintenance cost besides the withdrawal of POL worth Rs676,268, concealment of departmental income of Tori/Parali stand in Multan, misappropriation of Rs 7.60million, non-auctioning of the outsourced income to a single bidder, causing a loss of Rs10.05 million to the company among other charges.
When contacted, a spokesman of NAB said that he was unaware of the situation. He, however, assured this reporter that he will respond after getting a confirmation from the concerned persons. However, despite repeated efforts made during the last two days, NAB’s spokesman has not given any statement.