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- Saturday, June 15, 2013 - From Print Edition


Islamabad: Cleansing the National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP), the government has removed all ‘associates’ of IG Zafar Abbas Lak after his sacking and asked the PSP officers, including three DIGs and an SSP, to report to the Establishment Division for their alleged involvement in corruption and misuse of funds, sources told ‘The News’. A departmental inquiry has been ordered against all removed officials.


Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif removed Zafar Abbas Lak from the post of NH&MP IGP on June 12, 2013, with immediate effect, but he didn’t relinquish the charge till filing of this report. The NH&MP sources alleged that the staff of IG was washing away the relevant record to hide the misuse of funds and abuse of power.


Sources in the Ministry of Communication revealed that as many as 40 official vehicles of the NH&MP were auctioned in the first week of last month, which lacked transparency. The ministry issued orders to the IG to hold that auction in abeyance. However, the vehicles were handed over to buyers illegally, and allegedly 6 best vehicles were purchased by the NH&MP top bosses through their front men.


News reports had previously pointed out that dozens of official cars of the NH&MP were in the use of private persons and retired officers. According to sources, the situation is still the same.


According to sources, Zafar Abbas Lak had spent over one million rupees on regularly funding the Volleyball Association of which he was himself the president. An amount of Rs6 million was spent on constructing a mosque in H-11, where NH&MP Lines is situated but the land belongs to NTRC, another attached department of the Ministry of Communication. An LCD screen was purchased for around Rs5 million and proper process was not followed.


Sources said that now the Establishment Division secretary as well as the communication secretary have asked Zafar Abbas Lak to explain his position on this gross misuse of funds. However, the irony is that the communication secretary has not been able to control the misuse of these funds in spite of being the principal accounting officer.


Sources said that the Establishment Division has been instrumental in posting and later waiving off his 3-time supersession by the CSB in promotion from BS-20 to BS-21. It is worth mentioning that the prime ministers of the PPP regime set aside the decisions of the previous CSB to supersede Zafar Abbas Lak. According to Ministry of Communication sources, Zafar Abbas Lak had given shoulder promotion to an SSP, a BS-19 officer, and posted him as DIG Headquarters in BS-20, whereas shoulder promotions are strictly forbidden by the decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The SSP, enjoying shoulder promotion against the law, has been superseded three times and has not been promoted by the CSB during the last many years due to bad reputation and poor service record.


Sources in the Establishment Division revealed that Zafar Abbas Lak refused to post regularly promoted DIG, Jan Muhammad, in spite of the availability of the post of DIG in BS-20 and preferred to retain his crony on shoulder promotion as DIG, who had been the supervisor of all funds.