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APP35-23 ISLAMABAD: June 23 - Chairman NAB, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal chairing executive board meeting of NAB at NAB Headquarters. APP

NAB okays investigations against former lawmakers

ISLAMABAD: The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was held on Tuesday at NAB headquarters.

Chairman Justice Javed Iqbal, presided over the meeting. Deputy chairman, prosecutor general accountability, director general operations and other senior officers attended the meeting. It is years long set policy of the bureau to share the details of the EBM-NAB which did not tend to hurt anyone.

All the inquiries and investigations are initiated on the basis of alleged allegations which are not final. The decision to proceed ahead with the cases is taken after listening the both sides of the picture.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) authorised conducting three investigations against different personalities including Khizar Hayat, former sessions judge and others, Ahmed Khan Baloch, former MPA and others and Sher Ali Gorchani, former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Assembly and others.

The EBM accorded approval of conducting five inquiries against different personalities including against Muhammad Naeem Anwar, former MPA Punjab, Muhammad Saleem Khalid Mehmood and others, Directors, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Massers Fatima Group of Companies, attached departments and others, Tahir Basharat Cheema, former Managing Director PEPCO and others, Federal Land Commission, officers/ officials and others of Revenue Department Haroonabad, Bahawalnagar, Dr Fazal Karim, former EDO, Health Khanewal and others.

EBM has referred the ongoing inquiry against Member National Assembly Ahsan ul Haq Bajwa, officers/ officials of Public Health Engineering  to Public Health Engineering, Punjab Highway Department with the condition to share the logical conclusion of the inquiry with NAB.

EBM has referred another inquiry against Muhammad Yasin, former Tehsil Nazim Haroonabad, to deputy commissioner, Tehsil Haroonabad on the condition to share the logical conclusion of the inquiry with NAB.

The EBM authorised constituting Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate against Muhammad Yasin, former Tehsil Nazim, Haroonabad, Ghazala Shaheen,former member Punjab Assembly, Ghulam Murtaza, former member provincial assembly, Azam Sohail son of Fateh Muhammad and others. The JIT comprising the representatives of NAB, SECP,FBR, FIA and State Bank of Pakistan has been mandated to complete the inquiry within the next 90 days. The EBM would analyse the JIT report.

The EBM okayed referring the ongoing inquiry against Sardar Umer Khan Gopang, Chairman District Council Muzaffargarh, Aamir Saleem Bhatti, former chief officer, District Council Muzaffargarh and others to anti corruption establishment, Punjab with the condition that the relevant department will share the logical conclusion of inquiry to NAB.

The EBM has okayed referring inquiry against Dr Athar Mehboob, Vice Chancellor Khawaja Farid University, Rahim Yar Khan, and others to Higher Education Department, Punjab with the condition to let inform about the logical conclusion of referred case.

The EBM authorised referring inquiry against officers/officials of Revenue Department Tehsil Chobara, district Layyah and others to senior member  Board of Revenue, Punjab with the condition to inform about the logical conclusion of the inquiries to NAB.

Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has said that NAB is making sincere efforts to make Pakistan corruption free and to ensure logical conclusion of mega corruption cases. NAB has no affiliation with any political party, individual or group.The only affiliation is with the  state of Pakistan.NAB is utilising all available resources to recover the looted money from corrupt elements and to deposit in national exchequer Proclaimed offenders and Absconders will be apprehended and will be brought to justice as per law.

Chairman NAB directed all NAB’s Bureaus to complete complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations within the stipulated timeframe of 10 months so that references against corrupt elements will be filed in respected Accountability Courts throughout the country as per law.