NAB Probes ‘Embezzlement’ Of Mansehra Local Body Funds

Dawn

MANSEHRA: The National Accountability Bureau has begun an inquiry into the alleged embezzlement of development funds released to the district, tehsil and village and neighbourhood councils of Mansehra during their four years term slated to end on Aug 28.

“A team of NAB is here to unearth corruption and embezzlements in development schemes executed by the local governments during the last four years,” tehsil nazim Umar Farooq told reporters.

The three-member team also visited various union councils to inspect work on development schemes either executed by the local government or district development advisory committee from the provincial governments’ funds.

They also seized the records of development schemes at district, tehsil and village and neighbourhood councils.

Sources told Dawn that the NAB team quizzed officials of both district and tehsil administrations about water schemes, which an international donor agency launched in Booth Khatta (stream) but they dried up in 2006 without benefiting residents.

They said Rs110 million meant for that scheme and five tubewells were embezzled.

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