Islamabad: NAB files reference against former PM’s media adviser
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference of fraud against Mian Khurram Rasool, media adviser to former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. In a separate case, NAB arrested a staff officer of former Ogra chief Tauqeer Sadiq for issuing bogus CNG licences. According to NAB spokesman Zafar Iqbal, Khurram Rasool’s brother Shahid Mehmood is a co-accused in the reference filed in an accountability court in Rawalpindi. Khurram Rasool, proprietor of the True Concept Partnership, Pakistan, and Paramount Rainbow Company, is accused of inducing people to invest in the two companies by creating a false impression that they were doing business of sugar and scrap with the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) and Pak–Arab Refinery Company (Parco).
The spokesman said it had surfaced during investigation that the accused had been assisted by his brother in cheating people and collecting Rs380 million from them.
In order to cheat people, the accused opened bank accounts of his companies with the acronyms TCP and Parco.
He maintained the accounts of True Concept Partnership, Pakistan, and Paramount Rainbow Company with the Askari Bank’s Jinnah Avenue branch in Islamabad and one of Paramount Rainbow Company with the Bank of Punjab’s Satellite Town branch in Rawalpindi.
NAB arrested both the accused on April 13 for embezzling the collected money.
Mr Rasool, who served as media adviser to former prime minister Gilani for a few months last year, served physical remand for 14 days.
The Federal Investigation Agency had arrested him in January in a liquefied petroleum gas scam. In that case, he was accused of defrauding a businessman of millions of rupees for an LPG contract that never transpired.
During hearing of case by the Supreme Court, he was accused of having received Rs630 million in bribe for the LPG contract from one Pervez Hussain.
OGRA CASE: Jawad Jamil, staff officer of Tauqeer Sadiq, former chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a scam of issuing bogus CNG licences.
He is said to be a relative of Mr Sadiq. NAB also issued arrest warrants for Ogra Finance Member Mir Kamal Marri and Dewan Mohammad ZiaurRehmanFarooqi, chief executive officer of the Dewan Petroleum, for their involvement in irregularities in the authority’s affairs during MrSadiq’s tenure as its head and asked the Islamabad police chief to apprehend them.
Another accused, Ogra Gas Member Mansoor Muzaffar, was arrested on May 16.