Pakistan NAB opens probe against religious affairs minister

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan May 20, 2020, 05.40 PM(IST)

Pakistan religious affairs minister Photograph:( AFP )

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According to Dawn, NAB took the decision on a complaint lodged against the minister by someone from his ministry, and believed it was a case of “conflict of interest”.

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday began the process of complaint verification against Minister of Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri for his alleged involvement in renting out a building of his ministry.

He reportedly rented the part of the building to his alleged business partner in the capital.

According to Dawn, NAB took the decision on a complaint lodged against the minister by someone from his ministry, and believed it was a case of “conflict of interest”.

A press release issued by the NAB headquarters said: “The EBM authorised conducting of complaint verification against officers/officials and others of the Min­istry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.”

References were also filed against officials of foreign affairs ministry for ‘illegally selling’ embassy building in Jakarta. NAB had received information that the foreign affairs ministry had been aware of the fraud, but it did not take any action.

NAB is also investigating a similar case of selling of the embassy building in Tokyo.

The NAB meeting also authorised an investigation against Arif Ibrahim, senior joint secretary in the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination.

The meeting decided to refer the ongoing inquiry against officers/officials and others of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to NAB Rawalpindi for further examination as per law.