PASSCO officials suspended, face FIA case over billion-rupee Bardana scam

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered a corruption case against three Pakistan Agricultural Storage & Services Corporation (PASSCO) officials for alleged embezzlement exceeding one billion rupees (PKR 1,000,000,000) in a wheat distribution scam.

The case names General Manager Field Zahoor Ranjha, Zonal Head Borewala Rao Akram, and Zonal Head Bahawalnagar Gibran Iqbal. FIA’s investigation stems from a complaint filed by PASCO’s Additional Director General, Shazia Altaf.

According to the charges, Ranjha and Akram are accused of misappropriating PKR 12.72 crore (PKR 127,200,000), while Iqbal faces a steeper charge of PKR 95.94 crore (PKR 959,420,000) in connection with the wheat cargo distribution.

PASSCO has taken swift action, suspending both Zonal Heads and revoking their charges. The FIA investigation is ongoing to determine the full extent of the alleged embezzlement and identify any potential accomplices.

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