The National Accountability Bureau has decided to verify complaints recived against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, besides verification of corruption complaints in the Billion Tree Tsunami project of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government.
A meeting of top officials of the corruption watchdog also reviewed progress on investigations into the illegal housing societies in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal chaired the meeting at NAB Headquarters in which it was also decided to conduct complaint verification Establishment Division officers in the case of allegedly illegal appointment of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed.
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The meeting further decided to conduct complaint verification of alleged corruption in Billion Tree Tsunami Project against the relevant authority of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government.
The meeting reviewed the progress of the on-going inquiries, investigations being conducted by NAB against illegal private and cooperative housing societies and the steps taken by Capital Development Authority (CDA), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) against illegal private and cooperative housing societies, which are mushroomed in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The focus of the meeting was to review the progress in return of looted money by the societies to the effected people.
NAB chairman directed bureau’s Rawalpindi director general to ensure the return of the looted money to the victims of dubious housing societies.
Rawalpindi DG has also been directed to conclude the on-going inquiries and investigations against the illegal private cooperative housing societies as early as possible so that the corrupt could be put on trial and punished as per law.
The chairman directed CDA, RDA and ICT to timely inform the people about the illegality of various private cooperative housing societies working in the twin cities, so that they could be saved from squandering their money by investing in the illegal societies.
He directed CDA, RDA and ICT to upload the details of illegal private and cooperative housing societies of Rawalpindi and Islamabad at their respective websites.
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He also asked the people to invest their life earned savings only in the legal private and cooperative housing societies that too after complete verification of the particulars of the relevant societies from relevant government departments.
During the meeting NAB chief reiterated his firm resolve and said that NAB has virtually rejuvenated to eradicate corruption and directed all DGs of NAB for not sparing any corrupt, dragging them in the dock and depositing the looted money into national exchequer.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2018.