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1200 Corruption Cases: Chairman NAB Directs Officials to Pursue All References in Accountability Courts

The anti-graft body has established 55 thousands Character Building Societies of students throughout the country JUN 12, 2018 — Pursuing policy of zero tolerance for corruption and misuse of authority, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal has directed officials to diligently pursue the 1200 corruption references currently under trial in respective Accountability Courts across the country. The 72-year-old former judge of Supreme Court has also directed NAB Lahore to complete 155 inquiries, 49 investigations, Karachi to complete 160 inquiries, 123 investigations, NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to complete 79Read More

NAB Summons Shehbaz Sharif in Saaf Pani Project Scandal, Does it Matter?

Jun 3, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The country’s anti-corruption watchdog has summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President –the former CM of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif, in the Saaf Pani Project scam Monday with all relevant records of the public company he had formed for the said purpose. According to earlier reports, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore had asked the former chief minister to appear in person at 2pm on Monday June 4 along with all relevant records of the water company, and salaries and perks paid to the officers. ShehbazRead More

NAB Moves Forward With Landgrabbing Cases Against Malik Riaz, Bahria Town

Jun 1, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Anti-corruption authorities in Rawalpindi on Thursday arrested three men allegedly involved in land grabbing, one of whom is said to be a “frontman” of Bahria Town famed real estate tycoon Malik Riaz. Fazal Inam aka Saeen Inam was arrested after authorities found that 732 kanals near Rawat in Murree, worth millions of rupees, had been transferred to his name without any revenue record. The officials also arrested Inam’s accomplice and a revenue official, who had allegedly transferred the land to Riaz’s frontman. ‘Irrefutable evidence’Read More

Land Mafia Bosses: Will NAB Expand Its Net?

Will NAB now expand its net to also include the powerful individuals who control the racket, or will it confine its actions to the lower tiers only? FOR the land mafia in Sindh, whose tentacles reach all the way up to the highest echelons of power, this is unfamiliar territory — a reckoning of sorts, even though it touches only the tip of the iceberg. According to a statement by NAB on Thursday, the anti-corruption body has had relevant authorities cancel the fraudulent allotment of 10,000 acres of state landRead More

NAB Retrieves 10,000 Acres State land Worth $700M Near Karachi From Land Mafia

May 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — The National Accountability Bureau on Thursday said it has retrieved 10,000 acres of state land usurped by land mafia off the Superhighway near Karachi worth Rs75 billion ($700 million) and there where some major housing schemes launched on these land in connivance with revenue officials. “In an investigation against revenue authorities on allegations of fake allotments of lands at Thana Boola Khan, Jamshoro, NAB has been successful in getting thousands of acres of land cancelled by the revenue authorities,” the bureau’s spokesperson told Dawn. ThreeRead More

PPP Lawmakers Quit NA Body After it Summons NAB Chairman, PTI Lawmakers May Follow

A source in the PML-N claimed the two PPP lawmakers “have been coerced to resign from the committee because the party does not want to strengthen the writ of the parliament” at this stage. May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Two lawmakers belonging to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who are members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice, resigned on Tuesday from the committee after it summoned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal to explain initiation of an inquiry based on media reports thatRead More

Parliament Committee Summons NAB Chairman Over “$4.9B Remittance to India”

May 15, 2018 — The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice has summoned Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday May 16, over media reports that claimed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif remitted $4.9 billion to India. The committee has directed Chairman NAB to appear in person and brief the lawmakers. The chairman NAB has also been directed to bring along with him concerned officers who were investigating the report. The accountability bureau last week said it was verifying the media reports that claimRead More

NAB Summons Hamza Shahbaz in Saaf Pani Company Case

May 11, 2018 — The National Accountability Bureau has summoned Hamza Shahbaz, son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, regarding the ongoing corruption probe against management of Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC). The lawmaker has been directed to appear before the anti-graft watchdog on May 18th.  A questionnaire has also been forwarded to him. According to the notice issued Thursday by the anti-corruption bureau, Shahbaz Jr. is in possession of crucial information about the company in question. “The inquiry against management/officers/officials of Punjab Saaf Pani Company (South) and others hasRead More

NAB Identifies $22Mln “Irregularities” in Laptop Procurement Under PM Youth Program

(PKONWEB) — The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly identified major irregularities in Prime Minister Laptop Scheme (PMLS) run under the supervision of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. Reports say a local company violated contract with HEC by procuring locally manufactured laptops against terms of the agreement set forth in the tender. As a result, NAB alleges, there was $22 million of revenue losses to the federal tax revenue agency called FBR. The anti-graft watchdog is set to launch inquiry into the case and titled it ‘non-duty paid 200,000Read More

NAB Recovers $2.75 Billion (Rs289B) ‘Embezzled Money’ From the Corrupt

(PKONWEB Report) — Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said on Thursday the country’s accountability watchdog has deposited Rs 289 billion (US$2.75B equivalent at US$1=Rs105) in the national kitty after recovering embezzled monies from the corrupt. According to a communique issued by NAB, the chairman said a major chunk of the recovered monies has already been returned to the victims who were duped by the corrupt mafia. Justice Javed Iqbal expressed concern that the country has been indebted to a staggering $ 84 billion foreign debt but unfortunatelyRead More

NAB Probes $130 Million 'Corruption' in Karachi-Lahore Motorway Project

Pakistan’s top corruption watchdog the National Accoun­tability Bureau (NAB) has decided to probe into US$130 million (Rs14 billion) losses caused to the national exchequer for allegedly illegally awarding contract for Karachi-Lahore Motorway Section-111-Abdul Hakeem (230 Km) to state-owned China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation for US$1.345 billion (PKR148 billion). The board approved the inquiry against National Highway Authority (NHA) management and others for their alleged role in facilitating the illegal award of the contract at a higher project value than the originally lowest bid price. The decision was taken atRead More

Pakistan and China Have Signed MoU for Eradicating Corruption: NAB chairman

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, Chairman of Pakistan’s corruption watchdog–the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), said Monday that Pakistan and China have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the eradication of corruption from both the countries. “Both the countries were jointly working towards ensuring transparency in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project,” he said repoAPP. While terming corruption as a curse, the accountability bureau head said his organization is ready to come up to the expectations of the nation to eradicate the menace of corruption from the country once and for all.Read More

British Citizens of Indian, Ghanaian, Pakistani Descent Targeted By Hostile Policies

Windrush scandal is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as other Commonwealth citizens are also being targeted by hostile policies (THE INDEPENDENT): British citizens of Indian, Ghanaian and Pakistani descent have been hit by the government’s “hostile environment” immigration policy – forcing the Home Office’s Windrush scandal taskforce to step in, The Independent can reveal. In dozens of cases of alleged discrimination, people born in Commonwealth nations who have lived in the UK for decades have been left stranded abroad or threatened with deportation. Charities said growing numbers from outside the Caribbean had approached them inRead More

With Highest Livestock To Human Ratio in Asia, Nepal Turns Waste Into Wealth

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and World Bank are supporting Nepal’s efforts to break down barriers to private sector participation in low-carbon development. JUN 17, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): With one of the highest ratios of livestock to humans in Asia, Nepal has virtually limitless potential for biogas development. The landlocked nation between China on the north and India on its south and dubbed the “yam between two boulders” has an agriculture-based economy and 5.8 heads of livestock and poultry per household. These figures translateRead More

World Bank Funding $125M For Morocco’s 800MW Solar (PV, CSP Combination) Project

Solar Projects Are Providing Opportunities for Women in Morocco JUN 14, 2018 — The World Bank announced on Monday that it had approved $125 million in additional financing for the development and construction of the Noor-Midelt I and II solar power plants in Morocco, a combination solar concentrated solar power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) project which will have a total capacity of between 600 to 800 megawatts (MW). The financial support is designed to aid Morocco’s adoption of innovative solar technology such as concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. Morocco alreadyRead More

Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari Known as ‘Voice of Sanity’ Gunned Down in Srinagar

Indian Army Chief says peace should be given a chance, stresses on talks JUN 14, 2018 — In a major blow to freedom of press in occupied Kashmir, unidentified attackers on Thursday gunned down senior journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. It was not immediately clear as to how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent. Bukhari was instrumental in organizing several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley and was known as ‘voice of sanity’ in the occupiedRead More

Tired of Unemployment, Kashmiri Women Decide to Open Their Online Business

JUN 13, 2018 — The campaign for self-determination in Indian-administered Kashmir broke out into major violence in 1989. More than 90,000 people are estimated to have died and 20,000 to have disappeared in the disputed Himalayan region. That has pushed their families into poverty. Today, Kashmir lies in the bottom third of Indian states on the basis of per capita income, the education and health systems are also falling to an ever lower standard. For the region’s youth, earning a living has been a challenge, especially educated young women. However,Read More

Nawaz Trial: Justice Be Done, But Should Also Be Seen Being Done

“Truth is about perception and what we believe shapes what we perceive” ― Alan B Jones JUN 13, 2018 — The Supreme Court has extended the deadline given to the accountability court of Islamabad for the completion of trial in corruption references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. A two-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, on Sunday while taking up an application moved by judge Mohammad Bashir of the accountability court, granted one-month extension to the trial court. The previous deadlineRead More

China’s New Anti-Corruption “Super Agency” For “Clean” Belt and Road Initiative

IRSHAD SALIM (Updated) — China’s National People’s Congress on Tuesday wrapped up a historic legislative session in March that voted to amend the constitution, scrap presidential term limits and grant President Xi Jinping a mandate to rule indefinitely– his new term ends in 2023. The two-week annual session also paved the way for Xi to become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong as he pushes through his vision of guiding the country through a “new era” of unrivaled global economic supremacy with his signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).Read More

Expat Pakistani Talent: There’s Not Much Here To Motivate Them to Return

DR. ISHRAT HUSAIN: There is little doubt the main driver of growth and shared prosperity in the 21st century is the knowledge economy. The evidence of this has already been demonstrated by Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. China is embarking upon the same path. Most of these countries have invested heavily in their higher educational institutions and research establishments, sent hordes of young men and women for advanced studies particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. These young scientists have studied at top universities, worked in cutting-edge laboratories,Read More