Dr Asim: NAB decides to file another reference


WEB DESK: The country’s top anti-graft body on Wednesday decided to file another corruption reference against Dr Asim Hussain, former Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources and a close aide of former President Asif Ali Zardari.

An official said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its Executive Board Meeting (EBM) meeting, which was presided over by NAB chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry decided to file another corruption reference against Dr Asim and others. It also authorized four complaint verifications.

He said the EBM has given a go ahead to the concerned officials to file a reference against Dr Asim and others in a case in which the accused were alleged to have awarded illegally, fraudulently and with the connivance of officials of OGDCL and SSGCL gas contracts. LPG and NGL were extracted at an exorbitant rate and were illegally allowed to be retained at the level of 50% of LPG and 100% of NGL by the contractor, which caused losses of Rs 17.338 billion to the national exchequer.

The NAB spokesman said the EBM also authorized four complaint verifications (CVs). The meeting authorized a complaint verification against former District Nazim, Naseerabad, Balochistan. In this case, the accused persons are alleged for illegal occupation of private land through fake mutation in connivance with officials of Revenue Department, Quetta, Balochistan.

The bureau authorized a complaint verification against Sardar Fateh Ali Umrani, a member of Balochistan provincial assembly, for accruing assets beyond known sources of income.

He said the EBM approved complaint verifications against Syed Iben-e-Hassaan, former Inspector General (IG) and Munir Ahmad Chishti, former DIG (now IG) of Railways Police, Lahore and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and misuse of authority by IG and DIG Railways Police, Lahore, thus causing huge loss to the national exchequer.

Another complaint verification was authorized against Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar, former Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh, Azeem Mughal, a local builder and Nawaz Domki, Tehsil Municipal Officer. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for possessing assets beyond known sources of income, misuse of authority and corruption and corrupt practices which caused a loss of approximately Rs 44 million to the national exchequer.

He said the EBM also decided to authorise three inquiries. First Inquiry was authorized against M/s Shabbir Corporation, Hafizabad. The accused persons were alleged for a wilful default of Rs 122.776 million referred by Governor, State Bank of Pakistan under 31-D.

NAB authorized another inquiry against M/s Mangla View Resort (PVT) Ltd. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for a wilful default of Rs 81.353 million referred by Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, under 31-D.

The EBM re-authorized an inquiry against officers/officials of KDA regarding fake allotment of land in Scheme-33, Karachi to M/S Zeeshan Builders. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for involvement in regularisation/restoration of suspicious allotment which stood cancelled as per the said ordinance, thus causing a huge loss to the national exchequer.

Source:Business Recorder