NAB arrests WWB official in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested Tariq Awan, the long-serving secretary of the Workers Welfare Board, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for his alleged involvement in illegal appointments, selling of scholarships and gross violation of rules in acquisition of land for welfare projects for labourers.
A NAB official said Tariq Awan was arrested after collecting enough proof of his involvement in corrupt practices. He said the official caused a huge loss to the exchequer in underhand shady procurement deals and illegal appointments.
The official said the NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorised various inquiries which established the allegations against the accused and finally led to his arrest. The NAB communiqué said Tariq Awan recruited a number of people through an illegal process and awarded scholarships to fake and non-entitled persons.
It added that this not only resulted in a huge loss to the state exchequer, but also deprived hundreds of genuine and deserving candidates for these posts. It alleged that Tariq Awan recruited his close family members, including his sons, a daughter, son-in-law and also his ‘blue-eyed’ in the Workers Welfare Board. The NAB would produce the official before the Accountability Court today for obtaining his physical remand.