Saaf Pani case: NAB denies giving clean-chit to PML-N candidate Qamarul Islam

09:19 AM | 28 Jun, 2018
Saaf Pani case: NAB denies giving clean-chit to PML-N candidate Qamarul Islam
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate,   Engr Qamarul Islam Raja, was not issued any clearance certificate before his arrest in the Saaf Pani corruption case, the anti-graft buster clarified on Thursday.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) spokesperson Nawazis Ali rejected the reports circulating on media that Raja, who is facing estranged PML-N leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in NA-59, was arrested just after the party issued him a ticket to contest polls.

Reports further claimed that 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.

The NAB spokespersons termed al such reports false and asserted that there are strong shreds of evidence against the PML-N leader, who allegedly awarded contracts to blue-eyed firms.

"NAB is not politically-biased institution and the process of accountability cannot be halted for the elections," he remarked talking to a private news channel.

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.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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