Peshawar: NAB arrests 2 in police weapons procurement case
PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Thursday arrested two persons including a government official following an inquiry conducted against the senior police officers of the KP Police for their alleged embezzlement in the procurement of weapons, equipment and vehicles in 2009-10. Those arrested include budget officer in the Police Department, Javed Khan, and contractor Arshad Majeed who had made the supplies to the police.
A press release said that the inquiry was initiated on the receipts of complaints to the NAB accusing these persons of violating the government rules in the procurement of the weapons, equipment and vehicles and causing huge loss to the state exchequer.
It added that the government released over Rs7 billion on the request of the Police Department KP to upgrade weapons and equipment and make recruitment and training of the police personnel with the aim to effectively counter the deteriorating law and order situation in the province in 2009–10.
However, during the inquiry it was revealed that gross violation of procurement rules were committed by the purchase committee in award of tenders to the favourite contractors.
The NAB inquiry, the communiqué said, exposed that most of the procurements were made through a contractor who had no previous experience of supplying such items and for which payments were made in advance.
The inquiry, it added, found that the inspection committee was also responsible for ignoring the standard procedures of carrying out tests and trial of the arms, ammunition and other equipment and to obtain genuine clearance reports from the agencies concerned.
The persons involved in this misconduct and malpractice had been booked under the law, the NAB statement said.
It added that the findings of the inquiry established involvement of senior police officers, both retired and serving. “The contractor Arshad Majeed and budget officer Javed Khan have been arrested for causing huge loss to the national exchequer to the tune of billions of rupees. Arrest of certain more officials and others were likely to be made within a short period of time,” the statement said.