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NAB cleared PML-N leader 13 days before arrest in Saaf Pani scam

09:02 PM | 27 Jun, 2018
NAB cleared PML-N leader 13 days before arrest in Saaf Pani scam
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Engr Qamarul Islam Raja, who was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau on June 24, was earlier cleared by the anti-corruption watchdog, an official document shows.

NAB had cleared Raja on June 11 and issued him a clearance certificate which he attached with his nomination papers submitted to Returning Officer to contest the polls for PP-10.

However, 13 days later, the Bureau arrested him just after the PML-N fielded Raja to contest general elections against Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan from NA-59.

The PML-N leadership has termed Raja's arrest as political victimization to sabotage the election campaign.

Earlier this week, the NAB arrested Qamarul Islam Raja and Wasim Ajmal, both former officials of the Saaf Pani Company, in a corruption scam.

An accountability court on Tuesday approved a 14-day physical remand of both the accused.

Raja is accused of having awarded contracts for 84 water treatment plants at a higher price. His predecessor Ajmal is also accused in the case.

As the hearing went underway on Tuesday, Islam’s lawyer contended that the proceedings against his client were based on merely the basis of allegations.

His defence lawyer further said that NAB neither had evidence against my client nor was a complaint against my client with the anti-graft body.

He accused the NAB and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of collusion for political victimization of his client.

The court further ordered NAB to present the accused on July 9 again.

The NAB in November last year had launched a thorough probe into alleged corruption in the 56 public-sector companies, including the PSPC, formed by the Shahbaz Sharif administration in Punjab.

PSPC is one among 56 companies formed by the chief minister. Chairperson NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal had ordered an inquiry into complaints of embezzlement in these companies. Besides, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had also taken notice regarding PSPC and provision of clean drinking water.

Two weeks ago, during the proceedings before the court, the officers of the Punjab government had conceded that at least Rs4 billion had been spent so far but PSPC had yet to produce a single drop of clean drinking water

These companies are accused of certain irregularities, recruitment in violation of procurement rules and merit, nepotism, and non-completion of various projects on time.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has summoned Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in Saaf Pani Company corruption case on July 05.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has sent the third notice to PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif in the Saaf Pani Company Project scandal after he failed to appear before the anti-graft buster team twice.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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