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NAB Chief Briefed Over Updates in Corruption Scandals including CM Buzdar, Shehbaz

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LAHORE– Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice Javed Iqbal visited NAB Lahore Tuesday to get briefing over updates in all corruption scandals being investigated at the Regional Bureau.

He was thoroughly briefed by the Director General (DG) NAB Lahore along with his Combined Investigation Teams (CITs) regarding updates in case of sitting Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and officers/officials of Excise & Taxation Department for issuing liquor license to a private hotel;  money laundering reference against former CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif and family members, inquiry against Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, former DG LDA  Ahad Khan Cheema, officers of Revenue Department and others regarding alleged change in Lahore’s Master Plan; assets case against Provincial Minister Abdul Aleem Khan; and investigation against Punjab’s Senior PTI Provincial Minister Sibtain Khan.

He also got updates in assets beyond means case against PTI’s Member Provincial Assembly, Malik Ghazanfar Abbas Cheena; updates in inquiry against PTI’s Member National Assembly, Khusro Bakhtiar and Provincial Minister for Finance Hashim Jawan Bakht; complaint of allegedly accumulating assets beyond known sources of income against sitting govt Minister for National Assembly, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar; Complaint against PTI’s Punjab Provincial Minister for Labour and Man Power, Ansar Majeed Khan Niazi regarding alleged corruption and corrupt practices in appointments, transfers, postings in the Punjab Employees Social Security Institution.

During briefing, the Chairman NAB stressed for pursuance of all cases on fast track phenomenon based on merits.

The Chairman NAB reviewed the commitment that there is no let-up for corruption and corrupt elements. While, eradication of Corruption from Motherland is the prime job of NAB and the Bureau strives to contribute in the progress of Country. He said that NAB is a prime National Investigation Agency and it has nothing to do with politics, although, NAB Officers and Officials’ commitment and dedication is for the Nation and Country. He further stated that it is NAB’s resolve to bring all corrupt elements and their Cases to logical end and also recover every single looted penny from such corrupt elements.

He maintained that NAB has, so far, recovered a hefty amount to the tune of Rs466 billion from corrupt elements in different corruption Scandals and the same has been submitted into govt exchequer.

While issuing instructions to Investigation and Prosecution Wing officials of the Regional Bureau, Chairman NAB emphasized that all corruption scandals to be pursued in accordance with the law. He also re-affirmed his commitment that the corrupt elements to be tackled with iron hands. He also instructed for strict actions against law breachers and their facilitators.— PRESS RELEASE