NAB tightens noose around Punjab ex-minister Samiullah Chaudhry

By: News Desk      Published: 11:01 AM, 25 Aug, 2020
NAB tightens noose around Punjab ex-minister Samiullah Chaudhry

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is tightening the noose around former Punjab food minister Samiullah Chaudhry, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

The NAB Multan has sought from the Bahawalpur Deputy Commissioner the details of the properties and businesses belonged to the family of the former minister. The NAB is looking into the assets of 20 people of Samiullah’s family and friends.

Sending a reminder about the urgent case to the Bahawalpur Deputy Commissioner, the NAB Multan has written to the DC that delaying tactics are being used in providing assets details of the former minister and his near and dear ones.

The NAB has looking for details of properties and businesses of the former minister, his parents, wife, children, brother and other members of the family.

The NAB Multan office has also summoned assets details of Samiullah Chaudhry’s very close friends Rehan Javed, Tahir Mahmood, Muhammad Jamil, Malik Assad, Qayyum Azam Khan, Mehtab Ahmad and Zafar Sharif.

The NAB was investigating allegations of corruption and misuse of power by Samiullah Chaudhry when he was a minister.

Samiullah Chaudhry had resigned as Punjab food minister on April 6, 2020, after his name came up in a FIA report on wheat and sugar crisis in the country.

A 32-page report, prepared by FIA DG Wajid Zia, said that PTI leader Jahangir Tareen, Federal Minister Khusro Bakhtiar and others were the biggest beneficiaries of the sugar crisis in the country.

It held Chaudhry, former food secretary Naseem Sadiq and former food director Zafar Iqbal responsible for not meeting the target of wheat purchase and taking timely measures to avert the crisis in Punjab.