Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016
Published in Category: Islamabad

Chairman NAB refuses to brief PM on corruption in Punjab

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ISLAMABAD: Reliable sources said that Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chaudhry Qamar Zaman refused brief Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif over corruption in Punjab province.

Reliable sources told that NAB dispatched two separate letters to Prime Minister Secretariat, seeking permission for formally starting investigation against two key cabinet members.

Sources said in one letter, NAB said that it has some evidences that alleged corruption worth of Rs 22 billion was made in LNG contract, seeking permission for starting investigation against Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Secretary Petroleum Arshad Mirza, MD PSO Imran Sheikh and MD of Sui Southern.

In the second letter, the authority has sought permission to conduct inquiry against Rana Sanaullah for getting commission and using power beyond his domain. Sources said Prime Minister Secretariat expressed annoyance over the letters and called the NAB chairman for briefing in this regard. However, the refusal of Chairman NAB to appear for briefing created miseries for the government.

It is vital to mention here that NAB already had arrested contractor of Orange Line Train project Amir Lateef that put the provincial government into trouble. In order to overcome the situation, close aides of Prime Minister suggested him to constitute a commission under the headship of a retired judge. This commission will be formed through an ordinance and the incumbent has a plan to make it a legal through parliament.

According to sources, ministry of law and justice also consulted in this regard. Another proposal is under review in the prime minister secretariat is about filing a reference against current NAB chairman to stop him for any further action. Sources said think tank in the prime minister secretariat are working on these two options and considering seeking help of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in this regard.