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150 influential’s on NAB list

August 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm | News Desk


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted before the Supreme Court a report containing details of 150 mega corruption cases against prominent parliamentarians, politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, former president Asif Ali Zardari, former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, PML-Q chief Shujaat Hussain, former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, QaumiWatan Party chief AftabSherpao, former ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani are some of the prominent people on the list.

The document lists 50 cases each of monetary irregularities, misuse of powers and land scandals.

Among the monetary irregularities, inquiries are being conducted in 22 cases, investigations have been launched into 13 cases and references filed in 15 cases, according to the report.

In land scandals, inquiries are under process in 29 cases, investigations in 13 cases while references have been filed in eight cases.

In misuse of power, inquiries are under way in 20 cases, investigations into 15 cases and references have been filed in 15 cases.

An inquiry is being conducted against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for constructing a road from Raiwind to their farmhouse at a cost of Rs 126 million. Another inquiry against Nawaz Sharif is being carried out over illegitimately appointing his favourites to the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), the report says.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is facing an inquiry over keeping assets beyond known sources of income. He is under inquiry in three cases of 23 million pounds, 3,488 million dollars and 1,250 million dollars.

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is also facing a similar type of inquiry for having assets of Rs 170 billion which are far beyond his known sources of income. Investigations are also in process against Zardari for corruption of $22 billion and $1.5 billion.

An inquiry is under process against former prime minister and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain for keeping assets worth Rs 2,428 billion, which are beyond his known sources of income.

Former prime ministerYousaf Raza Gilani faces an inquiry over misuse of authority at Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). Another PPP former prime minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, is under inquiry over misuse of powers and authority in rental power projects (RPPs).

Former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani faces inquiries for having assets worth Rs 100 million as well as misusing powers during his rule in the province.

Former minister for Information Dr FirdousAshiq Awan face inquiry over misuse of authority and powers.

QaumiWatan Party (QWP) chief Aftab Ahmed Sherpao is booked for misuse of authority and powers while he was minister for Interior, as well as having assets beyond resources

Hussain Haqqani, former information secretary and ambassador to US, is accused of embezzling funds but NAB has so far failed to calculate the exact amount in this regard. He is also accused of illegally issuing licenses of FM stations to three private companies.

Former bureaucrats Abdullah Yousaf, Salman Siddiqui, former OGRA chairman ToqeerSadiq and former Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) chairman Zafar Iqbal Gondal are booked over various corruption scandals and abuse of authority.

Inquiries are underway against former chairman of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) Ayaz Khan Niazi over embezzlement of Rs 2 billion. Another former chairman of NICL, Abid Jawed, also faces inquiry in aRs 2 billion corruption scandal.

NAB is also investigating against Ghazi Akhtar of Tandlianwala Sugar Mills Ltd for their involvement in Rs 700 million scandal.

Investigations have already been launched against Schon Group for alleged embezzlement of Rs 1,245 billion and Younus Habib for alleged ill-intentioned default of Rs 3 billion.

The court expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by NAB and ordered it to add two columns to the report with details of when the application against an individual was filed and when it was verified.

News Desk

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