Raisani’s rev­e­la­tions to lead to more ar­rests

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF REPORTER

QUETTA— The for­mer sec­re­tary fi­nance, Balochis­tan, Mush­taq Ahmed Raisani, dur­ing ini­tial in­ter­ro­ga­tion has dis­closed the names of po­lit­i­cal fa­cil­i­ta­tors in con­nec­tion with a mega- cor­rup­tion case in the province, say sources in the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau on Sun­day, adding that a po­lit­i­cal fig­ure was likely to be ar­rested in the af­ter­math of the rev­e­la­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails, NAB is con­duct­ing raids to ar­rest the oth­ers on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Raisani. Se­nior NAB of­fi­cials have been prob­ing Raisani’s in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion of over Rs 1 bil­lion. The for­mer fi­nance sec­re­tary was picked up from his res­i­dence by NAB of­fi­cials on Fri­day and an amount of Rs730 mil­lion was re­cov­ered from his home.

The Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau sources re­vealed that five to six well- placed of­fi­cers in the fi­nance depart­ment, among oth­ers, were among those likely to be ar­rested soon but pro­vided no de­tails about names of the of­fi­cers. They also claimed that the ac­cused se­cre- tary had made rev­e­la­tions with re­gard to an on­go­ing com­mis­sions and kick­backs in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

Fol­low­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, NAB has taken all records of de­vel­op­ment projects from the fi­nance and lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, as well as cer­tain banks, into its cus­tody.

The Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau is con­duct­ing raids to ar­rest the oth­ers on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Raisani. The sus­pect has also re­vealed that if NAB had de­layed the ac­tion for a day the amount would have been sent abroad through the hundi sys­tem.

NAB of­fi­cials con­firmed the cash was found from a locker and 14 bags stuffed with lo­cal and for­eign cur­ren­cies.

“Ar­rests are likely to be made but I can­not share de­tails at this point in time”, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral NAB Balochis­tan, Tariq Mehmood Ma­lik said in an in­ter­view. He re­vealed that cur­rently 150 cases of cor­rup­tion were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in Balochis­tan worth bil­lions of ru­pees. When asked about in­ves­ti­ga­tion against leg­is­la­tors, he said, “in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way against some for­mer and some serv­ing pro­vin­cial min­is­ters”.

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