Three high ranking govt officials among five arrested over corruption charges in K-P

Sources say arrested officials are allegedly involved in corruption of around Rs40 million


Our Correspondent June 29, 2015
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PESHAWAR: The Anti-Corruption Department on Monday arrested three high ranking government officials among five people for their alleged involvement in a scam worth Rs40 million.

The arrested officials include ex-secretary Local Government and Rural Development Aurangzeb, deputy secretary PMD Shakirullah, director local government Tahira Yasmin and magistrate Wapda Samiullah and contractor Manzoor, all of whom were allegedly involved in corruption in a deal to purchase computers for the local government department.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Circle Officer Sikandar Shah said that they had started investigating the alleged corruption in 2014. After an audit, it was proved that the accused had been involved in corruption.

“It is a scam involving Rs40.60 million for purchasing computers in the year 2012-13,” he said, adding that the five men had been arrested on charges of corruption in the purchase of computers for the local government department.

The arrested officials will be presented in the court on Tuesday and prosecuted under Anti-Corruption Sections 409, 419, 420, and 471.

Read: Corruption cases: EPI officials arrested

Earlier, the Ehtesab Commission had arrested Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Deputy Director Dr Janbaz Afridi and storekeeper Zahid Ali on June 17 for misappropriating funds at the Directorate of Health Services.

The commission had alleged that Afridi misappropriated funds worth millions of rupees allocated for the programme.

“We have also arrested Mines and Minerals Director General Dr Laiquat Ali in another corruption case,” said an official of Ehtesab Commission. “He was involved in illegally awarding contracts in the province and caused a loss of Rs500 million to the provincial exchequer.”

Further, as part of its ongoing drive against economic terrorism, the National Accountability Bureau (Nab) has unearthed fraud worth billions of rupees and arrested five top officials of the Lines Area Redevelopment Project (Larp) on June 15.

The Larp officers held on Monday include deputy director Fareed Naseem, additional director Atta Abbas, additional director Rashid Hussain, director Waseem Iqbal and deputy director Shahid Umar. Their arrests were made at Larp’s office in Lines Area.

Nab Karachi’s spokesperson told The Express Tribune that the arrests were made after receiving several complaints. “We had been receiving complaints against them for the past few months,” he explained, adding that they had managed to gather all the evidence.

“We also raided their office about three months ago and collected the data.”

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