Over scholarships: Officials arrested for undermining merit

Published: December 4, 2014
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Their actions reportedly caused a loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer. PHOTO: NAB WEBSITE

Their actions reportedly caused a loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer. PHOTO: NAB WEBSITE

PESHAWAR: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday arrested Superintendent Amjad Ali and account assistant Fakhr-e-Alam of the provincial Workers Welfare Board for allegedly awarding scholarships to ineligible candidates.

Their actions reportedly caused a loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer.

Taking note of public complaints, NAB authorised an enquiry which established the allegations and finally led to the arrest of the suspects.

Amjad Ali and Fakhr-e-Alam allegedly awarded scholarships to non-entitled people, not only resulting in huge losses, but also depriving hundreds of deserving candidates.

K-P Workers Welfare Board Secretary Tariq Awan has already been arrested in this case.

Furthermore, a reference against the accused persons has been approved by the NAB chairman and will be filed soon.

NAB is actively pursuing the investigation in this case and more arrests are on the cards. The suspects will be produced before an accountability court to obtain their physical remand on Friday (today).

Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2014.

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