NAB Reference Against Balochistan Health Officials

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:39

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) approved on Tuesday filing of a reference against some officials of the Balochistan health department, including a former secretary.

A NAB executive board meeting, presided over by its Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, authorised filling of a reference against former health secretary Dr Shafi Muhammad Zehri, former additional secretary Dr Manzoor Hussain, former additional director Dr Elahi Bakhsh, additional director Dr Abdul Ghaffar Kayani and a contractor, Dr Akhtar Hameed.

The officials are accused of indulging in corruption and misusing their authority by helping the contractor in evading taxes of Rs6.05 million and releasing a performance bank guarantee of Rs3.85m before the stipulated period. They will face charges of causing a Rs9.9m loss to the exchequer during the purchase of a CT scan machine for the Bolan Medical College and Hospital, Quetta.

The board authorised an investigation against MPA Saadat Anwar, a former provincial finance minister and chairman of the Balochistan Development Authority (BDA), the BDA’s Additional Chief Secretary Ali Zaheer, Director General for Monitoring and Evaluation Manzoor Ahmed and others for illegally changing the executing agency of a project from the communications and works department to the BDA, illegal enhancement in scope and cost, non-transparency in prequalification of contractors and award of contract at exorbitant rates.

An investigation was approved against Qadir Bux, Gadda Hussain Abro, Imtiaz Solangi, Abdul Subhan Memon, Salik Nukrich and Ghulam Ali Shah for illegally allotting land in Jamshoro in connivance with the Hyderabad revenue department that caused a loss of Rs 400m.

Another investigation will be conducted against Peshawar C&W Depart-ment’s Chief Engineer Zard Ali Khan for accumulating assets beyond his known sources of income.

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