Shady rental power deals: NAB moves against 19 top former officials

Published: April 3, 2012

NAB will formulate and issue a second list on Tuesday.

LAHORE: 

In compliance with Supreme Court injunctions, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took the first step towards imposing travel and financial curbs on 19 ex-ministers, officials and bureaucrats implicated in shady deals involving 12 rental power projects (RPPs).

Among them are three former federal ministers, five former federal secretaries, six heads of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) and four officials of the power generation companies (Gencos), National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) and Panel of Experts of Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB).

The anti-graft body has asked the interior ministry to place their names on the Exit Control List (ECL), which bars them from travelling abroad to escape prosecution, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune. In addition, it has ordered the freezing of bank accounts and assets of those individuals.

The move came 48 hours after the apex court struck down the controversial projects on the grounds of violating the principles of transparency and competition.

The NAB authorities have approached banks and concerned district coordination officers (DCOs), district revenue officers and other officials to freeze their bank accounts and assets, according to sources.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, however, told The Express Tribune late Monday that the travel curbs had not been imposed yet. FIA officials posted at different airports also corroborated this, saying that they had not received any written or verbal orders from the interior ministry about the recommended measures against the implicated former federal ministers, federal secretaries and Pepco chiefs.

Several luminaries such as former federal ministers for water and power Raja Pervez Ashraf, Liaquat Jatoi and former Wapda chairman Tariq Hameed and ex-finance minister Shaukat Tareen are among those whose names appear. Apart from them former federal secretaries of water and power and finance Salman Siddique, Shahid Rafi, Ashfaq Mehmood, Saeed Zafar, Ismail Qureshi have also been named.

Six Pepco chiefs Anwar Khalid, Munawwar Baseer, Tahir Basharat, Khalid Irfan, Fazal Khan, Saleem Arif also figure on the list.

Another five names of the concerned officials from Nepra, Gencos and PPIB have also been included in the list sent to the interior ministry.

Sources said that in this regard a meeting was held in the NAB headquarters in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari. His deputy Javed Qazi, the director general operations as well as the special operations division Col (retd) Shahzad Anwar Bhatti also attended the meeting besides other concerned officials which continued till 9:30 pm.

The names of the owners, chief executives and agents of rental power companies have been obtained from the water and power ministry as well as the finance ministry, sources further revealed.

A second list carrying the names of the owners, chief executives and agents of the 12 rental power companies will also be prepared and sent out to the interior ministry for placement on the ECL, according to NAB officials.

On Monday, the offices of the ministries of finance and water and power remained open till 9:00 pm to flesh out these issues.

(Read: Rental power — SC verdict)

Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Apr 3, 2012 - 7:07AM

    Don’t worry, Zardari can pardon them.

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  • A. Khan
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:25AM

    Perhaps our SC can also pursue the other parties in RPP and find out what they agreed to pay these “fine” gentlemen. Names, accounts and amounts is all that is needed.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:18AM

    NAB should arrest without any further delay, put handcuffs and lock them up for further trail.

    We must eradicate the menace of corruption which is eating Pakistan like cancer.

    The parliament should amend the constitution and corruption should be made a non-bailable offense in the country.

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  • Tufail Malik
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:22AM

    All the investigating agencies and accountability institutions include NAB are under the influence of the government, how will they investigate their bosses like Raja Bijli.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:58AM

    About time. If they get all of the them, Zardari may be reprieved by the public.

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  • syed Imran
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Admiral Fasih Bokhari(Retd) Chairman NAB must ensure that justice is delivered to the people of Pakistan and in that no favours be granted, He must realize that he will be answerable to Almighty Allah on the day of judgement rather than his political masters for the responsibilty he shoulders. He must also realize that he is at the stage of his life where he should work with total integrity as he will be remembered for the legacy he leaves behind.

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  • JS
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Close to Rs80 billion/$1 billion doled out to these criminals in cash as “mobilization” advances (one of them even returned $45 million cash recently!!!) and how many mW of electricity do they add with that amount of money?? all of 100mw at their peak……give or take Rs70 billion/$900 million worth of corruption, kickbacks, loot, and plunder…..

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  • Rana Amjad
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Good decision!

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  • Asif-Paki
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Every one in the current Federal cabinet should be put on ECL by the court so that no one runs away after this Govt ends.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 3, 2012 - 1:42PM

    The very fact that this all happened under the very same government that is now supposed to take action, appears a bit ‘ not believable ‘. It will be believable if even one of the 19 is stripped of his wealth and put behind bars for a long time – only one.

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  • Amman1
    Apr 3, 2012 - 2:59PM

    the news is ON….and as Mr Rehman Malik said very clearly that the travel crub has not been imposed yet…so…many of them flew away m sure…..and here we fight with petrol price hike….electricity per unit price hike…and still no electricity…
    Long live zardsari long live Pakistan….lest see till where we survive……

    what a pitty…..and yes as Mr zardari said “you wo’nt believe we will be elected again on the same slogan of Roti Kapra aur Makan”……

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  • Saleem
    Apr 3, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Yet another toopee drama to fool the people. All these people will soon be free to roam the world, the NAB oofficials will get a small share of the loot and the game continues.

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