LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested former Inspector General (IG) Punjab Mian Amin on charges of corruption on Monday.
NAB accused Amin of accumulating assets beyond his known sources of income. Assets accumulated were to the tune of Rs45 million. Mian Amin was on interim bail and approached the Lahore High Court for the confirmation of his bail but was arrested from the court’s premises after it rejected his bail application.
A division bench of the LHC headed by Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry was holding proceedings in Amin’s bail application. The former IG was charged of involvement in a Rs45 million embezzlement scam and misuse of authority after which an accountability court of Rawalpindi had awarded him three-year imprisonment in absentia as he escaped from the country after NAB filed a reference against him. Later the court acquitted him while invoking presidential pardon under the National Reconciliation Ordinance.
However, after the cancellation of the ordinance by the Supreme Court, NAB started proceedings against him afresh. According NAB officials, Mian Amin is the primary accused in the scam. He has served as IG Sindh, Islamabad and as director general of the Federal Investigation Agency. He was IG Punjab during former premier Nawaz Sharif’s tenure. Amin was later appointed Pakistan’s ambassador to Spain.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 11th, 2010.