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NAB okays filing two references.

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ISLAMABAD -- The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was held here at NAB Headquarters on Monday. Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry presided the meeting.

The EBM approved filing of two references. First reference was approved against Mr. Naeem Khan, Ex-Secretary, Mr. Muhammad Irfan, Director, Ministry of Social Welfare and others in Tawana Pakistan Project case.

In this case the accused persons were allegedly involved in corruption and corrupt practices in award of food supply contract to M/s Vita Pakistan Ltd in violation of Public Procurement Rues 2004, causing a loss of Rs. 164.7 million to the national exchequer.

The Board approved another reference against Sheikh Muhammad Afzal and 10 other accused persons in Faysal Bank loan fraud case. In this case the accused persons allegedly defaulted millions of rupees on account of loan which they allegedly obtained by producing fake collaterals and other relevant documents. The total liability of the accused persons has been assessed at Rs. 398 million.

The Board decided to seek comments from Federal Tax Ombudsman in a case against Officers/Officials of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and others on the allegation of Evasion of Federal Excise Duty on Franchise Fee, Technical Fee and Royalty Fee by the Franchisees.

The Board closed three inquiries against Mir Nadir Ali Magsi, Ex-Minister for Local Government of Sindh; Sardar Atif Ali Sanjrani, Ex-MNA Balochistan; Sohail Karim Hashami, Ex-Secretary Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Islamabad as no cogent evidence could be brought on record against them.

Whereas the EBM decided to seek report from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on status of a wilful loan default case against M/s Saadullah Khan & Brothers Pvt Limited Lahore.

The Board also closed a complaint verification (CV) against Shakeel Durrani, Ex-Chairman WAPDA who was alleged to have transferred WAPD land to undeserving entities.

Chairman NAB advised all the Regions to take special measures to finalize old inquiries and investigations and submit their recommendations to High Level Committee (HLC).

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Date:Jun 24, 2014
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