ISLAMABAD: Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Wednesday approved nine inquiries and 22 investigations against former ministers and legislators including Khawaja Saad Rafique and other officials of Pakistan Railways.
The meeting, chaired by NAB chairman, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal also approved inquiries against former Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, former Minister for Industry and Production Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, former Sindh minister for industry, Manzoor Wasan, former Members of National Assembly (MNAs) Nawab Ali Wasan and Muhammad Iftikhar Gillani and others.
The EBM approved investigations against former Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, former Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman, former Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr. Ismail Shah, two former members of PTA Tariq Sultan and Abdus Samad and others. The EBM also accorded approval of five references which would be filed in accountability courts.
The EBM approved filing corruption reference against Gul Hassan Channa, former Secretary Board of Revenue Sindh, Iftikhar Haider, former MD Karachi Water and Sewerage Board. Syed Umer Ahmed, Sarfraz Merchant, Shahid Rasool, Syed Muhammad Mujtaba, Mirza Afzal Baig, Awais Mirza, Jamil, and Farid Suriya. They have been accused of allotting 769-acre state land illegally to their favorites private persons inflicting Rs 480.40 million losses to the national exchequer.
The EBM authorized filing corruption reference against Naeem Yahya Mir, former managing director Pakistan State Oil, Dr Syed Nazir Ahmed Zaidi, senior general manager Pakistan State Oil, Zulfikar Ali Jaffery, former senior general manager, Akhtar Zaheer, former general manager, Sabir Hussain, former director general oil, Kamran Iktikhar Lari, chief operating officer, Bico Pakistan Limited. They have been accused of inking oil agreement with Bico Oil Pakistan Limited in contrary to the agreement. This caused Rs 23 billion loss to the national exchequer.
EBM authorized conducting corruption references against Abdul Hameed Pathan, administrator, Taluka, Gharo Khairo, Jacobabad, Sindh, Engineer TMA Taulka, Ghari Khairo, District Jacobabad, Sahahzada Khokar, and others. They inflicted Rs 20 billion losses to national kitty by misusing authority.
The EBM approved filing corruption reference against former chief engineer Sukkar Barrage left bank region, Ahmed Junaid Memon, former chief engineer Sukkar Barrage, Saeed Ahmed former superintendent engineer, Amjad Ahmed former executive engineer, Syed Husnain Haider, Assistant Executive engineer, Shahzad Ali Chief Executive /director messers Sardar Muhammad Ashraf Baloch and Company.
They have been accused of corruption in various government schemes, thus causing Rs 660 million losses to the national kitty. EBM authorized closing corruption reference against former secretary commerce Muhammad Shahzad Arbab, Imran Ahmed Chaudhry, former secretary export policy, FBR, officers, officials Custom Collectorate Peshawar and Clearing agents of FATA and returning to Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan.
Chairman NAB Justice Javed Iqbal said NAB’s priority was to take mega corruption cases to logical conclusion. NAB was vigorously pursuing a policy of ‘Accountability of All’. NAB not only considers the elimination of corruption as its national responsibility but also striving hard to make the country corruption free. He directed staff to complete inquiries, investigations and corruption cases as per law and in a transparent way. He warned strict action against the officials showing lackadaisical approach in concluding corruption cases.
FIA confiscates record of private schools
HYDERABAD: A team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) led by Director FIA Syed Wasee Haider seized computers and records from several private schools in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order.
An official of the FIA told that the record of last 7 years had been seized from over half a dozens of branches of a school system.
He informed that the court had ordered the FIA to seize all the records including electronic and manual from the schools for not complying with the order over exorbitant school fees. The official said the confiscated record would undergo a forensic audit.
APS tragedy commemorated at PA
LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly, through a unanimously adopted resolution today, paid homage to the martyrs of the Army Public School (APS), Peshawar, on the fourth anniversary of the tragedy.
The House condemned the terrorist attack in which 132 students and 10 staff members of the school were martyred.
The joint resolution, moved by PML-N lawmaker Hina Pervaiz Butt and a PTI member, condemned the incident and reiterated nation’s resolve to continue to fight against terrorism. It demanded the federal government to declare December 16 as a national day against extremism and terrorism. The House also adopted a resolution felicitating the federal government on its effective response to the United States over blacklisting of Pakistan for religious freedom violations.
Opposition lawmakers Azma Bokhari and Waris Kallu, speaking in the House, criticized the Donald Trump administration for maligning Pakistan with regard to minorities in Pakistan. “Putting Pakistan on the Human Rights Watch List is a great injustice,” they added. They said that minorities in Pakistan were enjoying more freedom than in India and it was beyond comprehension why Pakistan was included in the Human Rights Watch List and India was spared.
Earlier, the tenth and last sitting of the fifth session of the current assembly started an hour and 33 minutes behind schedule with Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari in the chair. As many as 69 MPAs were present at the outset of the sitting. It is pertinent to mention here that leader of the opposition, Hamza Shehbaz, was not attending the sessions for the last nine days.
Meanwhile, Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi formed a committee for settling the issue of the Production Order of lawmakers in the House. Provincial Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja would head the committee (Production Order Committee), which would make recommendations for introducing amendments to the rules of procedure of the provincial assembly of Punjab regarding a production order of any of the lawmaker.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led opposition had asked for production order of their fellow lawmaker Khawaja Salman Rafique, who is currently in custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The House held a discussion on the annual report on the status of women 2016. Later, the chair adjourned the session sine die.
Madrassa mulla arrested for hitting pupils!
HYDERABAD: Police on Friday arrested a madrassa (Seminary) teacher who was caught torturing students in a video that went viral on social media.
SSP Hyderabad took notice of the viral video which captured the madrassah teacher, identified as Shabbir Ahmed s/o Ghulam Hussain, beating up students who had come to learn the Holy Quran in a mosque situated within limits of the Cantt Police Station.
In the video, the madrassa mulla can be seen hitting children with a pipe and arguing when asked not to beat them up by a man who had come to pray at the mosque.
The madrassa teacher is heard in the video arguing back and telling the man to continue praying. “No one will say anything even if I beat them to death,” he is heard saying and then continuing to hit the children.
Sindh IG Kaleem Imam has sought a report from SSP Hyderabad regarding an inquiry into the matter and the action taken by the police in this regard.
Relevant: The Hyderabad police today arrested a mosque cleric allegedly for beating his students with a belt. The video showing the cleric beating the students at Sarhindi Mosque in Masoom Shah Colony in the limits of Cantonment police station. went viral on social media. The video shows the cleric Qari Shabbir Ahmed Ansari, the son of the mosque’s Pesh Imam Ghulam Hussain Ansari, whacking the students with a thick rubber belt. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and Inspector General of Police Sindh, Syed Kaleem Imam taking notice of the incident directed the district police to take action and submit a report. Senior Superintendent of Police Hyderabad Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh’s directed the immediate arrest of the suspect. Later an FIR was registered against him on the complaint of Ahmed Jan, father of Shahzeb, a student. He was booked under Section 328-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which brings imprisonment for 1 to 3 years after conviction in addition to fine. The section was inserted through the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2014, in the PPC to discourage corporal punishment.