NAB opens probe against civilian officials
ISLAMABAD: Following the GHQ action against two generals in a mega corruption scam of the National Logistic Cell (NLC), the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has opened investigations against the civilian officers involved in the mega scam.
The NLC made investments in different sectors, including in the stock market between the years 2004 to 2007 and suffered a loss of Rs1.8 billion and three Generals-Lt General (retd) Khalid Munir, Lt General (retd) Muhammad Afzal Muzzafar and Major General Khalid Zaheer Akhtar-and civilian officer Saeedur Rehman who was Chief Financial Officer were accused in the scam.
The Public Accounts Committee headed by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan dig out the scam and it was transferred to the GHQ for investigations and subsequently transparent and independent investigations conducted on the directions of Chief of Staff General Raheel Sharif and following the transparent investigation, Maj Gen (retd) Khalid Zahir Akhter had been dismissed from service, which implies; forfeiture of rank, decorations, medals, honours, awards, seizure of pension, recovery of personal gains, cancellation of service benefits and all other allied facilities while Lt-Gen (retd) Muhammad Afzal Muzaffar had been awarded ‘Severe Displeasure (Recordable)’ which is a disciplinary award due to an offence of lesser degree, such as violation of procedures but not for personal gain and Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Munir Khan has not been found involved in any financial irregularity or serious misconduct and therefore stands absolved of all charges.
While the civilian officer, Saeedur Rehman, who was Chief Financial Officer of the NLC at that period was accused of ignoring the directives of then prime minister Shaukat Aziz and made a decision in violation of rules due to which the NLC suffered a heavy loss of Rs1.8 billion.
The NAB has opened investigations against civilian official Saeedur Rehman and others in the multi-billion NLC scam. The NAB sources confirmed that it has sought the record from the GHQ for launching the investigations against civilian officials and soon the statements of witnesses will be recorded. The NAB also approached the Interior Ministry to get the record that how the NOC was issued to main accused in the NLC scam, Saeedur Rehman, for proceeding out of the country.