Youth Festivals Scam: Suspect Turns Approver Against Mashhood

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LAHORE: A suspect arrested in Punjab youth festivals scam has turned approver against former minister for sports and youth affairs Rana Mash­hood Ahmad Khan and former director general of sports board Usman Anwar.

Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday presented suspect Tayyab Waseem before a judicial magistrate where he recorded his confessional statement under section 164 of CrPC.

The approver alleged that the former minister and ex-director general of the sports board were involved in award of contracts of the festivals to ‘blue-eyed’ contractors in violation of rules.

An official said the statement of the approver would now be submitted to an accountability court hearing the main case against the suspects.

The NAB alleged that the former minister, the director general and others were involved in awarding illegal contracts of the youth festivals held in 2011 and 2012. It said the contracts were given to unregistered and ‘blue-eyed’ companies in violation of procurement rules.

It claimed that initially the calculated loss to national exchequer caused by the suspects was Rs139 million.

However, the investigation revealed that the actual loss was Rs200m.

Mr Anwar was arrested by the NAB and later sent to jail on judicial remand by the court along with other suspects while Rana Mash­hood Ahmad Khan had not been arrested so far.

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