—Anti-graft watchdog to file six more corruption references, initiate fresh inquiries against Shehbaz Sharif, Agha Siraj Durrani, others
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday decided to file six new corruption references and initiate inquiries against several personalities including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah for possessing assets beyond known sources of income.
A meeting of the executive board was held under the chairmanship of NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal earlier in the day. The meeting was attended by the deputy chairman, prosecutor general, DG operations and other staff members.
During the meeting, it was decided that a reference will be filed against the former Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) chairperson. The institution also decided to file corruption references against Sikander Javed and others over charges of illegally awarding contracts.
The anti-graft body decided to pursue legal steps against four advertising companies for awarding contract of running an illegal ad campaign. “Legal steps are being taken following the financial loss to the national exchequer worth Rs1.46 billion,” the declaration stated.
An inquiry will be initiated against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) central leader Nisar Khuhro, whereas the NAB’s executive board will hold an inquiry against former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in Cholistan Development Authority case.
“Balighur Rehman, Chaudhry Muhammad Umer Mehmood, Rana Sanaullah, Agha Siraj Durran, Senator Anwarul Haq and Abul Rauf Khosa will also face inquiries by the anti-corruption watchdog after the approval of NAB executive board,” the declaration added.
Addressing the meeting, the NAB chief said that the anti-graft body has recovered about Rs73 billion from the corrupt elements over the course of past two years.
The NAB chairman reaffirmed the commitment to bring mega corruption cases to their logical conclusion. He said that 1,270 corruption references valuing about Rs910 billion are currently being heard in accountability courts. He added that NAB is pursuing the policy of ‘accountability for all’.
Justice (r) Iqbal further said that world institutions are also applauding the performance of the anti-corruption watchdog.