NAB Claims Recovering Rs23.85bn In Fake Accounts Scam

NAB Claims Recovering Rs23.85bn In Fake Accounts Scam

In a statement, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has claimed to have recovered Rs23.85 billion in the fake bank accounts scam.

NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, chaired a meeting at its headquarters to review the performance of the anti-graft body's Rawalpindi wing.

NAB Deputy Chairman Hussain Asghar, Prosecutor General Accountability Syed Asghar Haider, Operations DG Zahir Shah, NAB Rawalpindi DG Irfan Naeem Mangi, and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

Mangi informed the participants of the meeting that NAB Rawalpindi had filed 14 references in the fake bank accounts scam which were under adjudication before the accountability courts in Islamabad.

He elaborated that these references included those filed PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Liaquat Ali Qaimkhani, Khursheed Anwar Jamali, Ejaz Haroon, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Bahria Town (Bagh-e-Ibn-Qasim), Muhammad Bilal Sheikh, Khawaja Anwar Majeed, Manzoor Qadir Kaka, Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Majeed, Muhammad Hussain Syed and Hussain Lawai among others.

Mangi said that NAB Rawalpindi had also filed a reference against PML-N's Ahsan Iqbal, a former federal minister for planning and development, with an accountability court. The reference has been filed in connection with the Narowal Sports City project in which Ahsan allegedly misused his authority to illegally enhance the scope of the project from Rs34.75 million to around Rs2.99 trillion.

The NAB Rawalpindi DG informed the participants of the meeting that the anti-graft body had filed 31 references in the Modaraba cases with the accountability courts and recovered Rs1 billion besides freezing assets worth Rs1.64 billion. The NAB has arrested 45 people in connection with the Modaraba scam including Mufti Ehsan-ul-Haq and Mufti Ibrar-ul-Haq.

The NAB chairman said the anti-graft body was committed to making Pakistan corruption-free by adopting the “accountability for all” policy. He added that NAB’s anti-corruption strategy had started yielding “excellent results”