Qamar Zaman directs National Accountability Bureau officers to work with honesty and re-double their efforts to recover looted money

Islamabad, August 21, 2014 (PPI-OT): Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry while presiding a meeting to review the progress in Modarba scam today at Regional NAB Rawalpindi directed NAB officers to work with honesty of purpose and re-double their efforts to recover looted money.

He directed to immediately arrest all the remaining plunderers who are involved in the scam. He also directed to boost efforts to bring back the accused who have fled abroad. Chairman directed to adopt a result oriented approach with tangible progress.

He said not only the people expect from NAB to get them back their money from the clutches of looters but it is also our duty. He directed Prosecutors at Regional level to put their heads together with investigators so that cases in Courts are well prosecuted.

The Director General (DG) NAB (Rawalpindi) apprised the meeting that NAB has so far filed two references in the Modarba Scam including a reference against Ghulam Rasool Ayubi (Mezban Trading Company Pvt Ltd and others) and a reference against Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Usmani (Al-Wasey Group and others).

DG NAB Rawalpindi also apprised that six investigations have been authorized in Modarba Scam which include: investigation against Mufti Ehsan ul Haq (M/s Fayyazi Gujranwala Industries), investigation against Asif Javed alias Maulana Ibrahim and others (M/s Elixir Group), investigation against Molana Abdullah and others (Islamic Traders Pvt Ltd), investigation against Muhammad Irfan and others (Bolan City), investigation against Bilal Khan Bangash and others (Maseha Forex) and investigation against Matti-ur-Rehman and others (M/s Global Concerns).

The meeting also apprised the Chairman that 17 inquiries are under progress besides a large number of complaints verification. The Bureau has so far arrested 14 accused persons including Mufti Ehsan-ul-Haq, Mufti Ibrar-ul-Haq, Hafiz Muhammad Nawaz, Moeen Aslam, Obaidullah, Mufti Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Sajjad Ahmed, Asif Javeed, Ghulam Rasool Ayubi, Muhammad Hussain Ahmed, Hamid Nawaz, Muhammad Irfan, Bilal Khan Bangash and Matiur Rehman.

Chairman NAB instructed DG NAB Rawalpindi to solicit help from public as well as from Police in finding out more assets of the culprits besides the whereabouts of the remaining accused. Chairman was told that the Regional Bureau has so far received 40,139 complaints of affectees amounting to Rs. 21.675 billion.

The Bureau has recovered Rs 1.691 billion rupees in this mega scam. Chairman ordered that fortnightly progress report be put up showing improved performance. Chairman NAB also directed investigators of Regional Bureau to dig out corroborating evidence by all means so as to ensure return of looted money back to the poor affected people of the country.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
ATTATURK AVENUE G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: +92-51-9214502-03
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk

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