PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday forwarded a corruption reference against Peshawar’s Director of Archaeology Dr Abdul Samad to NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal for approval.
The reference alleges Dr Samad’s involvement in the alleged theft of a copy of the Quran lettered with pure gold along with a statute which had been sent to Korea for an exhibition but was changed with a fake one upon return.
A project by the name of Gor Gathri has also been termed controversial as Dr Samad had assumed multiple positions in the project and got himself paid for all those roles separately. He is also accused of appointing himself as the head researcher and director finance of the Kailasha Project.
The reference further details how an Italian researcher Morealo Kaku was awarded a research license worth Rs.2.5 million in just Rs25,000 by the director.
Old guns from the museum in Peshawar have also been reported missing along with holding interviews from 85 eligible candidates for vacant positions in the department and then asking them to bring certificates of ‘joblessness’ from the office.