Embezzlement in procurement of weapon for police-NAB authorizes inquiry against senior police officers, two main accused arrested

Peshawar: On receipt of complaints, NAB KP authorized an inquiry against senior Police Officers Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and others for alleged embezzlement in procurement of Weapons, Equipment and Vehicles in 200910 by violating Government rules thus causing huge lo to state exchequer.

On request of Police Department, KP Government approved purchase, upgrading weapon and equipment for its use to counter the unabated law & order and security situation in the province. An amount of over Rs. 7 Billion was released by Federal and Provincial government for recruitment, training of police personnel and procurement of weapons and equipment in year 200910.

During inquiry, it was revealed that gross violation of procurement rules were committed by the purchase committee in awarding tenders to favourite contractors. Most of the procurements were made through a contractor who had no previous experience of supplying such items and for which payments were made in advance.

The inspection committee were also found responsible for not carrying out tests / trials of weapons, ammunition and equipment according to procedure and obtained clearance reports from agencies concerned which were later on proved to be wrong and the persons concerned have already been made responsible and booked under the law.

The findings of the inquiry established involvement of senior Police Officers both retired and serving. The contractor concerned Arshad Majeed and Budget Officer Javed Khan have been arrested today for causing huge lo to the state exchequer to the tune of billions of rupees. Arrest of certain more officials and others are likely to be made shortly.

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