Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: In pursuance of vigorous nation-wide drive against corruption, new astonishing details are emerging in various scams. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken notice of massive financial corruption and irregularities of Overseas Pakistan Foundation (OPF), the sub department of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development. The OPF Board of Governors deposed member Jahangir Minhas stated that financial corruption worth billion of rupees had occurred in Zone-5 and new plans have been issued for looting more money. While addressing a press conference Jehangir Minhas alleged that bureaucracy in OPF was involved in massive financial corruption and they conducted large scale irregularities through different negative tactics. He said that along with massive financial corruption, nepotism is on raise in the department.
“It was in the first time of country history that an independent and unbiased Board of Governor had established but corrupt bureaucracy made it nonfunctional and introduced a way of financial corruption. Answering a question he stated that case was already subjudice in High Court. Moreover, he alleged that Ministry secretary Hashim Popalzai had made massive financial corruption. He said that financial corruption from top to bottom has eaten the country top intuitions like PIA, Pakistan Steel Mills, Utility Stores, EOBI and other departments. Responding a question, he stated that NAB is fully activated regarding the heavy salaries of Managing Director, secretary and CFO. Jahangir Minhas further disclosed that OFP Managing Director Amir Sheikh was the owner of Rs 5 million costly house that was located at Margalla Road. New tough laws Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said across-theboard accountability, elimination of corruption and transparency were top priorities of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government. PM Khan and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal held a meeting on Wednesday at PM office and pondered over the ways to eliminate corruption from across the country. “Elimination of corruption, across-the-board accountability and transparency are top priority of the PTI government. Government will provide all possible support to NAB to continue it’s anti-corruption efforts,” the PM said during the one-on-one interaction. According to informed sources, cases against former presidentAsifAli zardari, hissister Faryal Talpur, Anwar Majeed and his family were also came under discussion. PM Imran Khan advised that these and other cases should be dealt according to prevailing laws but innocent person should be victimised. It was also agreed in principal that NAB laws to be amended and new laws would be added to tackle the situation being arisen due to unbelievable number of corruption cases. The Minister said National Accountability Bureau laws will be amended to make the body more effective. NAB chief also congratulated the Imran Khan for being elected as the premier, while the PM expressed satisfaction over the watchdog’s performance.