Islamabad: 41 senior officers facing inquiry for corruption, criminal offences
ISLAMABAD: A report of the Establishment Division Monday revealed that as many as 41 officers from BPS–17 to BPS–22 holding important posts were facing an inquiry for their alleged involvement in corruption, embezzlement and other criminal offences. The News has obtained a copy of the Establishment Division report that details the cases and inquiries the senior officers have been facing for the last five years. According to the report, the officers who were facing inquiries belonged to the District Management Group (DMG), Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), Office Management Group (OMG) and other administrative groups. The promotions of these officers have been withheld till the completion of inquiries against them. The report says that no officer may be promoted to the next grade until the inquiry committee exonerates him.
However, the report also mentions that many of the officers were promoted to the next grade and were appointed against different posts despite inquiries. It has also been revealed that many of them were even promoted to the posts of federal secretaries. It says that the officers who were made secretaries despite serious allegations included Imtiaz Qazi, Imtiaz Elahi and Khizer Hayat. An officer of the Establishment Division said on the condition of anonymity that the posting of officers as federal secretaries despite allegations of misappropriation was against the rules while investigations against them were still going on.
He said that a wrong precedent had been set by promoting these officers despite the fact that they had been allegedly involved in serious corruption and misuse of authority. He said that the promotions and postings of the officers were made on the recommendation of the Law Division despite stiff opposition from the Establishment Division.
He said that Imtiaz Qazi, who was facing an inquiry for his alleged involvement in a criminal offence, had been promoted to BPS–22 and made federal secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and all this was done in violation of the relevant rules.
The Establishment Division further pointed out if this precedent continued and the officers with tainted background were appointed against important positions and were promoted to next grades, no one would follow the law of the land and other officers would continue to be promoted through bribes and nepotism.
According to the report, the 17 PSP officers facing corruption inquiries include Captain Falak Khursheed (BPS–21) Hussain Asghar (BPS–20), Altaf Hussain (BPS–20), Ghazi Salahuddin (BPS–18), Muzaffar Ali Sheikh (BPS–19), Iftikhar Khan (BPS–19), Gul Said Khan (BPS–19), Najmuddin Tareen (BPS–18), Matloob Ahmed (BPS–18), Aftab Mehsud, SP Security, Supreme Court (BPS–18), Waqar Chohan (BPS–19), Captain Sohail Chaudhry (BPS-18), Sohail Zafar Chattha (BPS–18), Naveed Khawaja (BPS–18), Iftikhar Hussain Tarar (BPS–19), Ahmed Raza Tahir (BPS–20) and Muhammad Inkisar Khan (BPS–19).
The 14 Pakistan Administrative Services officers facing the corruption probe include Akbar Aleem (BPS–20), Faseehuddin (BPS–19), Captain Inayat Farooqui (BPS–19), Shakeel Ahmed (BPS–20), Waseem Shamshad (BPS–19), Khalid Nazir Wattoo (BPS–18), Malik Tahir Sarfaraz (BPS–20), Asadullah Faiz (BPS–19), Imran Sikandar Baloch (BPS–19), Captain Zafar Iqbal (BPS–19), Zahid Mumtaz (BPS–17), Sohail Ashraf (BPS–18), Zahir Shah (BPS–19) and Muhammad Yahya (BPS–18).
Nine officers of the Secretariat Group who are facing corruption charges include Muhammad Aslam Kundi (BPS–20), Raja Aftab Islam (BPS–20), Arshad Mehmood (BPS–20), Ali Hussain Malik (BPS–19), Syed Hashmat Kamal (BPS–18), Nasir Azam (BPS–19), Umar Farooq (BPS–19), Maqsood Ahmed (BPS–19) and Adil Akbar Khan (BPS–19). One officer of OMG, Abdul Waheed (BPS–18) is also facing an inquiry for corruption and other offences.