Court ex­tends Raisani’s re­mand

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

QUETTA—An ac­count­abil­ity court on Tues­day granted 14 days re­mand of Balochis­tan’s for­mer sec­re­tary fi­nance Mush­taq Raisani and his fa­cil­i­ta­tor Nadeem Iqbal to the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) in mega cor­rup­tion case.

NAB pro­duced ac­cused Mush­taq Raisani and Nadeem Iqbal un­der strict security in the Ac­count­abil­ity Court af­ter com­ple­tion of the ear­lier re­mand. The court dur­ing the hear­ing or­dered the NAB to al­low the fam­ily mem­bers of the two ac­cused to meet them on Eid.

The judge also or­dered com­plete med­i­cal check up of Nadeem Iqbal in Com­bined Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal (CMH). The court has ex­tended re­mand of the for­mer fi­nance sec­re­tary to the NAB for fifth time. The court has also granted 14 days’ re­mand of Nadeem Iqbal, al­legedly a fa­cil­i­ta­tor in the cor­rup­tion scam. Iqbal was an ac­coun­tant in Khaliqabad mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee.

NAB per­son­nel on May 6, re­cov­ered a ‘trea­sure’ of lo­cal and for­eign cur­rency, and a siz­able quan­tity of gold from the res­i­dence of the fi­nance sec­re­tary Balochis­tan, Mush­taq Raisani, which the of­fi­cials be­lieve was ac­cu­mu­lated through cor­rup­tion.

It is worth men­tion­ing that NAB of­fi­cials raided the house of Raisani and re­cov­ered bun­dles of notes in lo­cal and for­eign cur­rency worth Rs 730 mil­lion. The bun­dles of notes – from Pak­istani ru­pee to US dol­lar – were stuffed in large bags, card­board and plas­tic boxes.

The cor­rup­tion trea­sure also in­cluded prize bonds and a fairly large quan­tity of gold. The amount re­cov­ered was so huge that the of­fi­cials had to bring in count­ing ma­chines af­ter they be­came tired of count­ing the cur­rency notes man­u­ally. Raisani is ac­cused of em­bez­zle­ment of bil­lions of ru­pees from the na­tional ex­che­quer and mis­use of author­ity.

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