Peshawar: NAB arrests former project director
PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday arrested Fasih-uz-Zaman, former project director of the Small Scale Enterprises Programme (SSEP), who had been absconding for nine years in the corruption case in the same project.
The NAB arrested the accused outside the Peshawar High Court (PHC) judges’ entry gate after the PHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Miftahuddin Khan disposed of his pre-arrest bail petition with a direction to approach the accountability court for cancellation of his arrest warrant.
It is pertinent to mention that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had admitted his transit pre-arrest bail for hearing and directed him to confirm his bail petition from the PHC. The IHC had also restrained the NAB authority from arresting the accused till November 30.
The accused due to the IHC direction attended his bail petition without fear of his arrest but after the PHC direction to approach the accountability court, the NAB officials arrested him. His lawyer termed Fasih-uz-Zaman’s arrest by the NAB before November 30 as unlawful. He stressed it was also contempt of court.
After the arrest, the NAB issued a press statement saying that the NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa succeeded in apprehending the accused Fasih-uz-Zaman, who had been an absconder for almost nine years.
It said that the accused headed the programme funded by the Switzerland government through the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) for extending vocational training in Pakistan and based at Peshawar in 1998. The NAB press release said that the accused being a project director of the programme misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs27.560 million during the period from 1998 to 2002.