NAB moved against mega corruption in Afghan Refugees’ KP office

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ISLAMABAD: Some senior officers of the Commissionerate Afghan Refugees, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have filed a joint application in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the alleged corruption, corrupt practices, maladministration, nepotism, maltreatment, and blackmailing of their top bosses, seeking their strict accountability under the law.

The application filed by three deputy directors, including two females, and two assistant directors, has named the commissioner, chief finance officer (CFO) and a project director of the Commissionerate Afghan Refugees KP, Peshawar as respondents (accused).

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According to the application, the respondents have committed mega financial corruption involving billion of rupees in the funds meant for the welfare of Afghan refugees, who have been taking refuge in KP for over three decades.

The applicants have requested the NAB to investigate the utilization of budget granted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to the KP commissioner office during the last 20-yaers.

They said huge embezzlements in the budget, illegal allotment of government’s residences, vehicles to the officers of choice, many steps promotions of junior officers to senior grades and appointments without proper advertisement and test/ interview during last some years may also be inquired.

Regarding the illegal appointments made purely on the basis of nepotism, the application states that chief secretary (r) KP Saeed Jan Khan’s son Saif Ali Khan, who is the relative of Saleem Khan, chief commissioner Afghan Refugees has illegally been appointed.

It states that, besides hundreds of others, Arbab Nazir Khan, Arbab Imaduddin, Hamayoun Khan and Muhammad Ajmal Afridi have illegally been appointed by chief secretary (r) and incumbent Advisor to Establishment Division Arbab Shehzad Khan.

Muhammad Imran, nephew of Chief Secretary (r) Saleem Khan Mohmand, who has also been a Liaison officer for Afghan Refugees KP, has also been appointed illegally.

The application maintains that Dr Imran Zeb Khan of Mansehra, former joint secretary State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and incumbent secretary Housing illegally appointed dozens of people including his three brothers and a son-in-law of the spouse of his brother, which include Saboor Khan son of Tahirul Mulk Khan (Sufaid House Mansehra), Shehroz Khan son of Tahirul Mulk (Sufaid House Mansehra), Muhammad Ali son of Muhammad Taoufeeq (Sufaid House Mansehra) and Akbar Haroon son of Shehzada Gustasip Khan of Abbottabad.

Regarding immovable assets of Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Peshawar Muhammad Abbas Khan, which he allegedly made through illegal means and corrupt practices, the application claims that Abbas Khan owns a 21-Marla commercial plot in sector E-11 of the federal capital, having worth Rs 800-million. A plaza is being constructed on this plot and over Rs220-million have so far been spent on its construction.

He also owns a commercial plot measuring 80-Marla (4 Kanal) on Nowshera Road, whose worth is over Rs700-million. Besides, he has spent Rs120-million on an incomplete building structure. Moreover, he owns a Bungalow having million of rupees worth in Sheikh Maltoon Town, Mardan.

He also has domestic, commercial and agricultural lands on Charsadda Road Mardan and Akhwan Baba area of Mardan.

Abbas Khan owns many other properties, which he purchased in the names of farmers. The application claims that Mr Abbas also owns billion of rupees assets in Dubai and United Kingdom.

It contends that he made all these assets from the ill-gotten money he made through embezzlements in the funds meant for the welfare of Afghan refugees, living in Peshawar.
“Thousands of health/hygiene kits sent by UNHCR to the office of Afghan Refugees Peshawar have been distributed by some senior officials among each others.

The application has requested NAB to conduct thorough probe against the accused, who are also giving bad name to the country.

The application maintains that some senior officers of the Commissionerate submitted applications last year as well as in the start of this year to the NAB, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), provincial ombudsperson and Citizen Portal, however the respondents allegedly managed to influence, thus the investigation could not even processed.

Talking to media persons after filing the complaint, the applicant officers deputy directors Hajira Sarwar, Shahnaz Begum, Sifatullah Khan and assistant directors Khalid Rehman and Muhammad Hammad regretted that they had moved the same complaint to the provincial office of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and NAB as well as Citizen’s Portal, however the respondents allegedly managed to influence, thus the investigation could not even start.

They said NAB Peshawar teams visited their office several times for investigation, but returned back without conducting any investigation, apparently succumbing to the influence of the respondents.

They said they were raising their voice against the accused by endangering their lives as the accused were highly influential and notorious. They, however, vowed to take the matter to its logical end.

“Since, we started raising our voice against the corruption, nepotism, intimidation and moral turpitude of the respondents, they have made us rolling stone. We are facing suspensions, stoppage of our routine TA/DA, fuel bills, closure and locking of our offices on verbal orders, retrenchments and blackmailing etc through different means”.

The female deputy directors stated that a case pertaining to their harassment at workplace by the respondents was under adjudication in the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for Protection Against Harassment.

They said some cases regarding their transfers, suspensions, and removal from service on the name of financial constraint and retrenchment were under adjudication in the Peshawar High Court.

They regretted that their lives have been made miserable by the influential respondents. They, however, expressed confidence over NAB, saying, “We are confident the anti-corruption watchdog will take action against the accused and the accused would not be able to influence it, being a well reputed federal institution”, the applicants maintained.

They said several female staffers have resigned from their service due to the harassment and blackmailing by the chief finance officer (CFO) Attaullah Khan and project director Waheed Khattak.

To a question, they said the commissioner Muhammad Abbas Khan was indirectly involved in the females’ harassment matters. They said, in fact, Attaullah Khan and Waheed Khattak are the front-mans of the commissioner.

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