Wattoo appears before NAB, will submit reply in power abuse case

Daily Times

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former Punjab chief minister Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo on Monday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in an inquiry related to power abuse as a former federal minister.
Wattoo served as the federal minister for industries and production in 2008. The former minister will submit his reply to the questionnaire given to him by the anti-graft watchdog body during the last appearance.
Talking to newsmen after appearing before the accountability bureau on May 10, the former federal minister said he showed up before the NAB after being summoned for an inquiry over alleged illegal appointments in Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan.
Responding to the allegations levelled against him, he had said the jobs were awarded in the light of the federal cabinet decision in 2008.
“It was decided to open 1,500 stores and generate 3,500 jobs,” he said. On March 7, the NAB had launched an inquiry of power abuse against Wattoo.
According to sources, Wattoo showered favours to friends and favourites during his ministerial term in year 2008 with illegal postings and recruitment. He had illegally hired more than 400 employees in the corporation, the informed sources said.

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