ISLAMABAD: The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) with Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in the chair on Friday approved filing of two references in corruption cases. The first reference was approved against two former secretaries, Ismail Qureshi and Shahid Rafi, and others who are accused of misuse of authority, corruption and corrupt practices in initiating the project of Guddu Rental Power Plant without approval of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet. They allegedly extended undue and illegal benefit to the sponsors of Messrs PPR in the $72 million contract that was awarded in violation of PPRA Rules, NEPRA Act and without any feasibility study and approval from the government of Pakistan.
The second reference was approved against former Quetta Development Authority (QDA) chairman Maqbool Ahmed Lehri, former QDA director Ali Muhammad Baloch, and others who are accused of corruption through irregular allotment of state land and by changing location and number of plots.
The EBM authorised an investigation against Col (r) Muhammad Ishaq, former NAB Balochistan additional director, Samiullah Kakar, junior English teacher of education department in Bolan District, and others who are accused of corruption, corrupt practices, impersonation, abetment and misuse of authority. The board also decided to close an inquiry against former Balochistan provincial minister Mir Aslam Bizenjo due to lack of incriminating evidence against him. In a case of looting public at large through fake investment schemes against Nadeem Hameed Sheikh, CEO/Director of Messrs NLRL, and Rashid Nadeem Sheikh, CEO/Director of Messrs Orion IPL, the board gave more time to the NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regional bureau to investigate the matter and come up with findings. The board referred a complaint against Senator Sehar Kamran, former principal of Pakistan International School (English section) at Pakistan Embassy, Jeddah, to the Awareness and Prevention Division to look into it and coordinate with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis. She is accused of corruption, misuse and embezzlement of school funds.
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