Pindi bureau awaits nod from NAB HQ to open probe into Ring Road scam

By: News Desk      Published: 01:10 PM, 8 Jun, 2021
Pindi bureau awaits nod from NAB HQ to open probe into Ring Road scam
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National Accountability Bureau, Rawalpindi has yet to start an inquiry into the Rawalpindi Ring Road scandal as the Pindi bureau is still waiting for a go-ahead from its headquarters in Islamabad, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

According to sources, the NAB Rawalpindi could not start its probe into the Ring Road scam as the bureau did not receive any formal written request from its headquarters regarding the initiation of the investigation. 

The NAB sources said the bureau would open the probe as soon as it got a letter from its head office. 

NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal took notice of the scam a month ago. 

On May 14, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had issued directives to send the Ring Road embezzlement case to the NAB.

Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Malik had sent the “Fact-Finding Committee” report about embezzlements in the Ring Road Rawalpindi project to Punjab CM who ordered to implement on all recommendations of it.

The report exposed two main bureaucrats—former commissioner Rawalpindi Muhammad Mehmood and the land acquisition collector Waseem Ali Tabish—involved in the fraud of RS2.3 billion.

The report also suggested the Establishment Division take disciplinary action against the commissioner as his brother had a link to the Makka City project and he misused the authority to give the financial advantage of Rs2 billion to him.

Reporter Usman Khan