NAB inquiry recommended against Babar Ghauri for ‘illegal’ appointments in PQA

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KARACHI: The regional board of the National Accountability Bureau in Karachi has sought the approval of the bureau’s headquarters for initiating an inquiry against former federal minister and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Babar Ghauri over charges of “illegal” appointment of 981 people in the Port Qasim Authority (PQA).
A NAB spokesperson said in a press statement that several cases were recommended for the approval of the headquarters at a meeting of the regional board held at the NAB’s Karachi office here on Thursday. It said these 981 people had been inducted into the PQA allegedly “without fulfilling codal formalities” and that some of them possessed “fake degrees”. These appointments were made in BPS-2 to BPS-20. “Prima facie the department (PQA) has made 981 appointments without fulfilling codal formalities in the year 2008-13,” the statement said.
The spokesperson said NAB had received a complaint which claimed that the appointments made in the PQA in different years were “irregular” and that for them “appropriate procedures/rules and regulations” were not followed.
He said subsequent to completion of the complaint verification process, a case against the former minister had been recommended and the headquarters’ approval had been sought for initiating the inquiry.
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It has been pointed out that a petition was filed in the Supreme Court regarding these appointments. According to the statement, the regional board appreciated the performance of the NAB’s Karachi office on successful disposal of mega cases.

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