NAB (KP) arrests ex-chairman WWB and others in misuse of authority

Peshawar: NAB (KP) today arrested Aizaz-ur-Rehman Ex-Chairman WWB , Mohammad Ibrar Hussain Director Finance (BPS-19) WWB KP, Mohammad Imran Wazir Ex- Director Finance (BPS-19) WWB KP, presently working as Director Finance Provincial Housing Authority (PHA) KP, Mohammad Akbar Awan, Owner of M/s Ashraf Enterprises and Irfan Qureshi allegedly involved in illegal award of contracts for the procurement of equipment e.g., generators, vacuum cleaners, first aid box, fans, fiber glass rooms, etc. through fake and non-registered firms at highly exorbitant rates of worth more than Rs. 3.5 Billion approximately and causing huge loss to state exchequer on account of short and substandard supply.

During the course of investigation it was discovered that the accused Aizaz-ur-Rehman, Ex-Chairman WWB KP / Secretary Labour with malafide intention delegated all his administrative and financial powers to the prime accused Tariq Awan, the then Secretary Workers Welfare Board thus illegally handing him over all affairs of the board.

He in connivance with other accused persons opened hidden bank account and used it for their illegal activities. All the illegal payments to the un-registered and fake supply firms were made through this account.

Similarly, accused Imran Khan, Mohammad Abrar both remained Director Finance WWB KP worked in connivance with other accused persons issued cheques for payments to the fraudulent contractors without any due diligence thus wilfully failed to exercise their authority in order prevent loss to national exchequer. Arsalan Qureshi and accused Mohammad Akbar Awan, illegally secured contracts of equipments on highly exorbitant rates, through active connivance of the WWB officials.

Some of the firms were unregistered and did not have any prior experience of supply to any government department. While most of the firms were fake and did not have any physical existence. These contractors were hand in gloves with crony accused officials of WWB in causing huge loss to the government exchequer.

It merits to mention here that several accused including Tariq Awan, Secretary WWB, have already been apprehended by National Accountability Bureau .

National Accountability Bureau is actively pursuing the case and more alarming facts are expected to come up. The accused persons were presented before the Honourable Accountability Court and 12 days physical remand was granted to NAB.

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