NAB told to look into ‘shady’ contract of Mohmand Dam

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to decide as per law an application that questions legitimacy of a contract that the National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) got for consultancy for Mohmand Dam.
A citizen, Mehboob Elahi, had filed a writ petition, pleading, through his counsel Abdul Hameed Rana, that Wapda had initially awarded a consultancy contract for the dam to Nespak, costing Rs5.5bn. However, he said, the earlier contract was cancelled and replaced with a new one, costing Rs9.98bn. The awardee remained Nespak.
The counsel alleged that the contract was rescheduled only to benefit Nespak, a subsidiary of Wapda. He pointed out almost all the retired officers of Wapda worked for Nespak. He argued that an application was filed with the NAB chairman with a request to take notice of corruption and illegality in the contract but no action had been taken so far. He prayed to the court to order the NAB chairman to immediately take action against the culprits and initiate an inquiry into the matter to find truth and save public money. He also urged the court to order confiscation of the whole record pertaining to the bid and that it should not be altered or tampered with.
A special prosecutor of NAB appeared on the court’s call and stated if the application of the petitioner was still pending with the bureau, it would be decided in accordance with the law.
At this, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, directed the NAB chairman to decide the application of the petitioner, if still pending before him, strictly in accordance with law, rules and policy expeditiously.

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