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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to file corruption references against former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif, PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal, former chief minister Balochistan Nawaz Aslam Raisani, and others.

An official said the anti-graft body had approved filing of 11 corruption references and four inquires in its Executive Board Meeting (EBM) presided over by NAB Chairman former Justice Javed Iqbal and also attended by senior officials of the bureau including Prosecutor General NAB, Director General (DG) NAB, and other officers.

He said EBM okayed filing of corruption reference against Sharif, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, former secretary foreign affairs, Aftab Sultan, former DG Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Fawad Hassan Fawad, former principal secretary to former prime minister Sharif.

The accused persons have allegedly illegally purchased 73 vehicles for security of foreign dignitaries, benefited their blue-eyed people, and illegally used these vehicles, which incurred loses of Rs1,952.74 million to the national exchequer.

He said the anti-graft body also decided to file corruption reference against former interior minister and PML-N Secretary General Iqbal, Muhammad Asif Sheikh, Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) specialist, Asif Nawaz Ghujar, former DG Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Sarfraz Rasool, assistant engineer PSB, Muhammad Amjad, contractor.

The accused have allegedly misused their authority altered the scope of Narowal Sports City Complex Project (NSCCP) from 30,000,000 (3 crore) to Rs3 billion, and allegation of using personal influence for using federal government fund for a provincial project after 18th amendment, which incurred losses worth billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The official said the EBM also gave go ahead to file corruption reference against former chief minister Balochistan Nawaz Aslam Raisani, Meer Lashkar Raisani, Meer Abdul Nabi Raisani, Dostan Khan Jamaldini, former secretary finance Balochistan, and others.

The accused persons by misusing their authority have allegedly benefited themselves as well as bestowed their relatives from the treasury of Balochistan government, which incurred Rs81 crore and 70 lac losses to the national exchequer.

He said the bureau also approved filing of corruption reference against Sikandar Javed, former project director Clean Drinking Water for All, Jameel Bajwa, General Manager Nespak, Iftikhar Ali, project manager Nespak, Jehanzeb Khan principal engineer, Shahab Anwar Raja, former secretary provincial coordination, Abdul Moeed Farooqi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) M/s Ideal Hydrotique system.

The accused by misusing their authority incurred losses of Rs9.012 billion to the national exchequer.

He said the bureau also decided to file reference against Shahid Khan, former secretary Ministry of Interior and former chairman National Police Foundation and others.

The accused have allegedly misused their authority and there is allegation of illegal allotment of commercial plots of National Police Foundation, which incurred huge losses to the national exchequer.

The bureau also approved filing of corruption reference against Haroon Rasheed, former CEO National Testing Services (NTS) Islamabad, Waqar Sami Khan, former company secretary NTS, Faizul Ibrar, former additional director NTS, and others.

The accused deceived public at large and allegedly looted them, which incurred losses of Rs34.74 million to the exchequer.

The bureau okayed another reference against Waseem Jameel, former CEO Punjab Clean Drinking Water Company South, Imran Ali Yousaf CEO M/s Ali and Fatima developers.

The accused have allegedly misused their authority, and obtaining under construction building on rent with mutual connivance and allegation of misusing their authority, and incurring losses of Rs24.7 million to the national exchequer.

The bureau decided to file corruption reference against Muhammad Usman Anwar, former DG sports, Wilayat Ali Shah, Deputy Director Sports Board Punjab, Muhammad Tariq Maqasood, Muhammad Hafizeer, and others.

The accused have allegedly misused their authority and committed embezzlement in government funds.

The EBM also decided to file corruption reference against Iqbal Z Ahmed, chairman associate group and CEO JJVL, Fasih Ahmed, Raziuddin, Asim Iftikhar, and others.

The accused have allegedly committed corruption and money laundering, which incurred losses of Rs28.995 billion to the national exchequer.

The bureau also approved another reference against Ghulam Akbar, former DG audit Government of Sindh, Imtiaz Ali, Imran Ali, and others.

The EBM also approved four corruptions inquires against different accused.

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