NAB Sindh seeks permission to act against minister
Sharjeel Memon denies corruption charges; says ad agency CE ready to return Rs74m
ISLAMABAD: Sindh government’s key minister Sharjeel Memon is in hot waters as the NAB Sindh has sought from Chairman National Accountability Bureau his approval for initiation of inquiry against the PPP leader.
Although no less than the former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani talked of Memon’s possible emergence as “approver” against PPP’s alleged corruption, sources in NAB insist that the Bureau has nothing to do with any such development.
The NAB headquarter sources told The News that it has received a formal request from NAB Sindh for initiation of inquiry against Sherjeel Memon in connection with alleged corruption in the information department.
Following the arrest warrants and investigation of Sindh information secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani by NAB a few months back, the NAB sources claim that the role of Sharjeel Memon in the alleged corruption of Rs 180 million has been found.
Shirjeel Memon when approached categorically denied his involvement in any corruption case. He said that the case is concerning an advertising agency, whose owner has already volunteered to return the amount involved.
Regarding Yousaf Raza Gilani’s statement, Memon wondered how he could become approver against Gilani when he had never served the federal government. To a question, he also denied that he is becoming approver against the Sindh government or the PPP leadership, adding that he can’t ruin his political future by doing any such act.
The NAB sources, however, insist that Sharjeel Inaam Memon is required for interrogation in connection with the complaint against the information department government of Sindh and the management of M/s Connect Marketing Communication (Pvt) Ltd and others.
Besides Sharjeel Memon, the other persons who are alleged to have been involved in the case are Zulfiqat Ali Shalwani, secretary information department Sindh; Mansoor Ahmed Rajput, ex-director information (Advertisement); and Abdul Qadir Shah, chief executive officer, M/s Connect Marketing Communication (Pvt) Ltd.
The allegations include embezzlement of government funds, misuse of official authority, violation of Sindh PPRA Rules and corruption and corrupt practices.
The NAB sources said that one of the accused Abdul Qadir Shah has already requested NAB for voluntarily return of Rs 74 million.
A few months back the NAB headquarter authorized inquiries against PPP’s Pir Mazharul and Syed Ali Mardan Shah for alleged misuse of authority and corruption.
Informed sources said that the secretary information Sindh Zulfikar Shalwani, against whom warrants were recently issued following which he got bail of protective custody from the court of law, had appeared before the NAB Karachi.
During the probe, the information secretary tried to shift the responsibility of alleged corruption involving Rs 180 million on Memon. The NAB sought concrete evidence in order to include the outspoken Sindh minister in the probe.
Memon, who has been the most prominent ministers in the Sindh cabinet, has disappeared from the scene for the last few weeks. He is neither appearing in TV shows nor holding press talks that used to be his everyday ritual.
Besides NAB, the Rangers and FIA have also geared up their campaign against the corruption mafia active in Sindh. Recently the Rangers were also reported to have handed over to the chief minister Sindh a list of around 24 politicians, members of the bureaucracy, police officers and others who are allegedly involved, directly or indirectly, in “financial terrorism” that is believed to be the major contributing factor behind crime and terrorism in Karachi and Sindh.