Pakistan’s accountability bureau (NAB) arrests former bureaucrat for stealing billions

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau has arrested a former Sindh provincial government official for having income beyond means.

A statement released by the bureau on Friday said that Mushtaq Ahmed Shaikh, former additional district account officer Hyderabad, was arrested for embezzling millions of state funds.

The arrest was made on information provided by a former police officer and his son who were arrested earlier by the bureau for stealing billions of tax payers’ money.

A search operation was conducted by the accountability bureau at Shaikh’s residences, farmhouse and places of illegal business, the statement added.

“Several properties worth over Rs 1 billion were found to be in possession of the accused person that have been acquired and accumulated from proceeds of offences of corruption and embezzlement of government funds,” NAB’s statement said.

The properties were owned in the names of his relatives, his self and anonymously.

Shaikh is also facing trial in a separate NAB reference filed with the accountability court in December 2016. The case pertains to embezzlement of government funds due to misuse of authority, the statement added.

Initial investigations by NAB have revealed that the accused, while in service, misused his authority by preparing fake bills in favor of bogus beneficiaries, Dawn reported.

“The interrogation has also revealed that the accused, even after his retirement, has been operating privately as facilitator in consideration of kickbacks and commissions; and has continued with his corrupt practice,” NAB’s statement said.

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