NAB suspends arrests for now

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on
Wednesday announced not to make any arrests of politicians
contesting the general elections until July 25.
The NAB, while announcing that it has nothing to with the elections,
deferred the inquires against the former foreign minister Khawaja
Muhammad Asif, former minister of state for finance Rana
Muhammad Afzal, Punjab minister Rana Mashhood and former MNA
Rai Mansab Ali Khan till July 25 and decided that no politician who
was contesting the election will be arrested.
After the meeting of the NAB Executive Board, which was held with
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal in the chair here at the NAB headquarters,
NAB’s official announcement stated that it has examined the cases in
detail of the former foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif,
former minister of state for finance Rana Muhammad Afzal, Punjab
minister Rana Mashhood and former MNA Rai Mansab Ali Khan and
decided to defer it till July 25 so that they could participate in the
elections and the inquiries against them would be started after the
elections.
The NAB in its announcement stated that the decision was taken on
the basis that it had nothing to do with politics or elections and the
investigations of deferred cases would be carried out after July 25.
The Lahore NAB on June 26 arrested PML-N ticket holder Qamarul
Islam from NA-59 Rawalpindi-III in connection with Punjab Saaf
Pani Company corruption case and the arrest came a day after the

PML-N fielded Islam against disgruntled PML-N leader Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan in the NA-59 constituency.
The over-ambitious project of the previous government of the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa also comes under
the radar of NAB as its Executive Board has given approval for
conducting an inquiry against officials of the KP government in mega
scam of ‘Billion Trees Tsunami’ in which embezzlement of funds was
alleged that caused a loss of over Rs19 billion to the national
exchequer.
The NAB’s Executive Board has also approved filing of a corruption
reference against the ex-director general Punjab Land Development
Company Ahad Cheema, Shahid Shafiq, Chief Executive Officer of
Bismallah Engineering Alam Faridi, the owners and administration of
Lahore KASA Developers, officials of the Lahore Development
Authority and others allegedly for corruption and misuse of authority
that caused a loss of over Rs660 million to the national exchequer.
The NAB Executive Board has approved an inquiry against the
administration of the Punjab Sports Board and Youth Festival
allegedly for corruption and misuse of authority that caused a loss of
Rs1.7 billion to the national exchequer.
The NAB Executive Board approved the filing of a corruption reference
against Sindh ex-inspector general of police Ghulam Haider Jamali
and others for alleged corruption and misuse of authority that caused
a loss of Rs162.5 million to the national exchequer.
The NAB’s Executive Board approved the investigation against the
administration of the State Bank Staff Cooperative Housing Society
and officials of the Revenue Department, Karachi, allegedly for
establishing the State Bank Staff Cooperative Housing Society on

government land illegally that caused loss of millions of rupees to the
national exchequer.
The NAB Executive Board approved an inquiry against the officials
and employees of the Sindh Social Relief Fund allegedly for
embezzlement in funds that caused a loss of Rs13.402 billion to the
national exchequer.
The NAB’s Executive Board has also approved another inquiry against
the Programme Manager of HIV/AiDs Control Programme of Health
Department of Sindh Dr Muhammad Younas Chachar and others
allegedly for misuse of authority and embezzlement in government
funds that caused a loss of Rs35.236 million to the national exchequer.
Another inquiry was approved against the secretary of Health
Department of provincial government of Sindh and others allegedly
for misuse of authority, embezzlement in the contracts of Health
Department and Education Department that caused a loss of Rs976
million to the national exchequer.
The Executive Board has decided to send a case of Fata Development
Authority chief executive to the KP chief secretary so that he could
examine and inquire the issue of 444 illegal appointments.
The NAB’s Executive Board approved an inquiry against the officials
of the KP Health Department allegedly for corruption and illegally
awarding of contracts to favorites, misuse of authority that caused a loss of Rs90 million to national exchequer.

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