NAB Chairman gives free hand to Punjab DG in corruption probes

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LAHORE – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Major (r) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has given freehand to Punjab Director General (DG) to speed up action against corrupt officials,

Reportedly, Chairman of the accountability bureau headed a meeting in Lahore office of the institution which was attended by Punjab DG Syed Burhan Ali among three officials.

Sources said that the bureau chairman ordered the Punjab officials to accelerate action and launch indiscriminate probes against corrupt officials. Reportedly, the Director General briefed the higher-ups over Education Minister Rana Mashood’s video case, youth festival case and cases against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Hashmi.

NAB Chairman appreciated Punjab subdivision’s efforts to curb corruption and faulty practices. He directed DG Ali to expedite inquiries of cases against government officials and other politicians.

He instructed the Director General to carry on investigations against corrupt officials without succumbing to external pressure from any section. He urged DG Burhan Ali to take such steps that 2016 is dubbed as ‘the year of National Accountability Bureau Punjab chapter’.

On the other hand, while responding to Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif s call to NAB Chairman to take notice of its alleged dubious working, former president Asif Ali Zardari said that the bureau is not the only organisation troubling innocent people but Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is following suit.

Zardari said that former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain has been wrongly accused of corruption. He is being harassed for the last several months, he added. He criticised the government for allegedly violating 18th Amendment continuously.

Know also: PM Nawaz resents NAB actions, urges to act responsibly

It is pertinent to mention here that PM Nawaz Sharif had said in an address in Bahawalpur on Tuesday that NAB is raiding innocent people’s houses. He had said that dishonouring respectable people was unfair and bureau s chairman must take notice or the government will have to take necessary action.

2016-02-17

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