Corruption in merged districts uplift funds, NAB files reference

NAB submits records in accountability courts for reopening references 

PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has filed a reference worth Rs 1980 million against 31 accused individuals, including 19 officers from Pak PWD, on charges of corruption in the merged districts of Khyber, Bajaur, and Mohmand.

The  NAB initiated investigations into allegations of embezzlement, illegal contracts, and corruption in mega projects under the Special Development Initiatives (SDIs) in these merged districts. After completing the investigations, the NAB has filed a reference in the accountability courts against the 31 accused individuals, seeking action against them for causing a loss of PKR 1980 million to the national exchequer.

The reference highlights that the government had allocated approximately PKR 1980 million in funds under the SDIs for developmental schemes in all three districts. These funds were designated for 52 developmental projects in the districts for the fiscal year 2021-22. It is alleged that the accused individuals obtained 47 illegal contracts through bribery.

The reference also points out that the accused individuals made payments for fake measurement books and caused a loss of PKR 1,098 million to the national treasury through their actions.



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