NAB re­cov­ers 5kg gold from res­i­dence of Hoti's ex-as­sis­tant

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) on Mon­day re­cov­ered around 5kgs of gold worth mil­lions dur­ing a raid at the res­i­dence of Syed Ma­soom Shah, the spe­cial as­sis­tant to Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa's for­mer chief min­is­ter, in Charssada dis­trict.

Shah is al­ready in the cus­tody of NAB un­der al­leged cor­rup­tion charges. Ac­cord­ing to NAB sources, of­fi­cials raided the for­mer spe­cial as­sis­tant's res­i­dence and re­cov­ered a coded brief-case which was filled with gold. For­eign cur­rency and doc­u­ments of prop­erty worth mil­lions were also re­cov­ered in the raid. Mean­while, the ac­count­abil­ity court ex­tended Ma­soom's phys­i­cal re­mand and he was re­turned to NAB for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ma­soom Shah was the spe­cial as­sis­tant of for­mer chief min­is­ter Ameer Haider Hoti. He was ar­rested ear­lier this month over charges of cor­rup­tion and pos­sess­ing as­sets not match­ing his known sources of in­come.

Ma­soom, who con­tested the 2013 gen­eral elec­tions on Awami Na­tional Party's ticket, had served as Tehsil Nazim Shabqadar, in Charsadda, from 2001 to 2004, and sub­se­quently, as spe­cial as­sis­tant to the chief min­is­ter dur­ing 2010 to 2013 when coali­tion gov­ern­ment of ANP and PPP was rul­ing the province. It is al­leged that Ma­soom was in­volved in post­ing/trans­fers in the said de­part­ments in vi­o­la­tion of rules. It is claimed that for ac­cept­ing bribes and mis­us­ing his po­lit­i­cal sta­tus, the sus­pect was dubbed and known as SMS, the ini­tials of his name. Dur­ing in­quiry it was re­vealed that the ac­cused gained illegal money which didn't match his le­gal sources of in­come.

The prop­er­ties al­legedly pos­sessed by him in­clude a hu­jra on 12 kanal land at his vil­lage Batta­gram in Charsadda; two plots each at Hay­atabad Town­ship, Regi Model Town and DHA Karachi; a pre­cious house on Tulip Road, Bahria Town, Rawalpindi; one kanal house at Zaryab Colony, Peshawar; three kanal pre­cious land in Tehkal Bala, Peshawar; and one kanal land in Warsak Road area of the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal. The NAB also al­leged that the sus­pect also pos­sessed huge bank bal­ance in lo­cal and for­eign bank ac­counts and owned pre­cious ve­hi­cles. The sus­pect and his fam­ily mem­bers fre­quently vis­ited UAE and spent mil­lions of ru­pees there.

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