Islamabad: Accused in Tawana Pakistan scam arrested
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Tuesday arrested Muhammad Ayub, former chief nutrition officer of the Planning Commission of Pakistan, for allegedly causing a loss of Rs180 million to the national exchequer in Tawana Pakistan Project of defunct Ministry of Social Welfare in the award of a contract to M/s Vita Pakistan Limited.
The arrest warrant of the accused was issued by NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry. Tawana Pakistan Project worth Rs3.6 billion was launched during Musharraf regime to provide nutrient milk to schools in the least developed areas but it turned into a mega scandal in which billions of rupees were allegedly siphoned off by top officials.
The NAB started investigation into the scam in 2009 after receiving a letter from Prime Minister Inspection Commission. Now it is in the process to file a reference in the NAB courts. Senate sub-committee, headed by former Senator Enver Baig, in September 2008 investigated the scam and identified all the accused involved in it but its report was dumped in the Senate Secretariat.
During his tenure as a senator, Enver Baig continued to make hue and cry for on this issue but all of his efforts were wasted. The sub–committee had recommended the government to recover the embezzled money through FIA.
In the meanwhile, the NAB Rawalpindi has also arrested one of the main accused in Modarba scam who deprived hundreds of people of their hard earned money. On a tip-off, Hamid Nawaz of M/s Bolan City (Pvt) Ltd was arrested in Rawalpindi. His name was already placed on the Exit Control List.
The accused allegedly cheated public at large depriving them of millions of rupees through Modarba business. In the same case, accused Muhammad Irfan has also been taken into custody from Adiyala Jail through the permission of Accountability Court. Affected people had so far registered their claims against these accused persons to the tune of Rs130 million.