NAB approves corruption reference against ex-PM Gilani, others

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday has authorised filing corruption references against former prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Farooq Awan, former information technology secretary Muhammad Saleem and others for alleged abuse of powers and awarding advertisement campaign contracts to Ms Midas Pvt Limited contrary to PPRA rules.

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The decision was made in a meeting presided over by NAB chairman justice retired Justice Javed Iqbal held at NAB’s headquarters in Islamabad.

According to details, the board also approved a corruption reference against former Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) DG Karachi Manzoor Qadir Kaka and others, who had allegedly tampered the official documents by misusing their authority, causing a loss of around Rs3 billion to the national kitty.

The board also accorded approval of different investigations against former Sindh minister for local government Owais Muzaffar Tappi – who happens to be foster brother of former president Asif Ali Zardari – former Sindh chief secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, former secretaries Land Utilisation Sindh Ghulam Mustafa Phal and Ghulam Abbas Somroo, and others.

The NAB chairman made it clear that the bureau not only considers the eradication of corruption its national responsibility, but its officers are tirelessly working towards a “corruption free Pakistan”.

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