ISLAMABAD: The executive board meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved to file a reference against Azam Pathan, former Balochistan Coastal Development Authority (BCDA) director general (DG) and others.
In this case the accused manoeuvred the tendered process for construction of Dam Jetty in favour of M/s Agha Gul Construction Company, misappropriated public funds, misused the authority and caused a loss of Rs 243.59 million to the national exchequer.
Similarly, NAB authorised investigation against Rana Azam Khan Tikka and Hammad Khan Tikka in M/s Aglam Global Links Private Limited case of (Qasr-e-Zauk). The board also cancelled the plea bargain in this case against the accused. The accused are alleged for cheating public at large, misappropriation of public money and property and illegal transfer of property of Qasr-e-Zauk and causing Rs 650 million losses to the people. The second investigation was authorised against Muhammad Jalal, former Balochistan Health Department secretary and others. The accused persons allegedly bought substandard medical equipment at very high rates.
The meeting authorised seven inquiries. First inquiry was authorised against Adnan Sherazee, Seema Sherazee, Malik Ali Zain, directors of M/s AH International Private Limited. The accused allegedly defaulted Rs 125.665 million of Saudi Pak Industrial and Agricultural Investment Company Limited. Second inquiry was authorised against former University of Faisalabad vice chancellor Dr Shahid Mehboob. He is accused of nepotism, misuse of authority, financial misappropriation by illegally awarding contract to non-registered firm on 40 percent higher rates.
Third inquiry was authorised against former PESCO chief executive Muhammad Wali. He is accused of accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.
NAB also authorised three inquiries against former KP Workers Welfare Board secretary Muhammad Tariq Awan and others.
Awan allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 141.624 million beyond known sources of income. In the second case, he and other accused persons are booked for corruption and corrupt practices in hiring of transport and buildings for schools under the WWB. Awan and others had awarded the contracts of pick and drop service only to the blue-eyed and consequently paid millions of rupees to them.
Another inquiry was authorised against Awan and others for alleged corruption and corrupt practices in acquisition of land for WWB. Seventh inquiry was authorised against Zard Ali Khan, chief engineer Communication and the Works Department, Peshawar. Khan is accused of accumulation of assets worth millions of rupees beyond known sources of income. The executive board has also authorised complaint verification against Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITMES) vice chancellor and others.
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