Lahore: Ex-PR officials remanded in graft case
LAHORE: An accountability court on Friday granted 14–day physical remand of former GM Railway (Maintenance and Services) Naeem Malik and AGM (Mechanical) Ahsan Mahmood, accused of embezzlement in the purchase of spare parts worth $15.6 million for 69 Chinese locomotives. On Friday, NAB Punjab produced the accused before the court and sought their physical remand for investigation. On NAB’s plea, the court granted 14–day remand of the accused directing NAB to produce them again by June 22, along with the investigation report.
According to the case, Naeem Malik and Mian Ahsan Mahmood are accused of playing a key role in the purchase of spare parts worth $15.6 million for 69 Chinese locomotives. They were part of a negotiation committee which decided to purchase the spare parts at prices higher than market rates.
Based on a decision by the committee which included the accused, Pakistan Railways had purchased 356 items at a price five times higher than their actual market price. Some 256 parts had been procured at double the actual price.
While 776 items were purchased that were not even needed by the organisation.
The scam surfaced during former President Pervez Musharraf’s regime when around 69 locomotives were purchased from China on supplier’s credit for a sum of $98 million without any assessment of whether the locomotives were suitable for the Pakistani environment or not.
The NAB has already summoned and recorded statements of former top government functionaries, including former Federal Minister for Railways Javed Ashraf Qazi, former Chairman Saeeduz Zafar, Hamid Hasan Butt. GM Operations Saeed Akhtar was arrested and is currently in NAB’s custody.
On Friday, the accountability court had also extended 14–day physical remand of Saeed Akhtar to NAB.
Action against cop ordered: The Lahore High Court on Friday directed the DIG operations to take strict action against a policeman who refused to cooperate with bailiff for the recovery of child.
As the court started the hearing of a case of recovery of Subhan, bailiff furnished a report, stating that he had approached an ASI of Gowalmandi police for help for the recovery of child but he refused. The bailiff said he had to raid for child’s recovery without police help.
The judge summoned the CCPO Lahore in an hour. However, the DIG operations appeared before the court and apologised for the incident. The court ordered him to take action against delinquent policeman and submit a report in the court.