The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has sent a questionnaire to former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) corruption case, asking him to send a reply within one week. Director General (DG) NAB Rawalpindi Subha Sadiq while addressing a press conference along with DG Operation Zahir Shah said that Gilani has sent his counsel to NAB in the NICL scam but it does not mean that the bureau’s investigators will question him.
However, he said, sending his lawyer shows that Gilani wants to become a part of the investigation. He said that NAB has sent a questionnaire to Gilani and he will respond to it within a week. He said that Gilani did not enjoy immunity from appearing before NAB and he must appear before the investigation team to respond to the allegations levelled against him. “The investigations of Ogra and NICL cases are in the final stage,” he added.
Col. Subha Sadiq (Retd) said that Modaraba scam involves embezzlement of Rs 30 billion and so far over 8000 affectees have lodged their complaints with the bureau. “Nine companies are involved in the Modaraba scam and the accused have taken money from people through mosques and seminaries,” he added. He said NAB has arrested six people allegedly involved in the scam and some of the accused fled abroad. “NAB is planning to bring them back,” he added.
According to an official statement, NAB Rawalpindi started inquiry against Mufti Muhammad Ihsan-ul-Haq, Chief Executive M/s Fayazi Gujranwala Industries Pvt. Ltd. & Others on the complaints of general public as well as Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). During the course of inquiry, accused Mufti Ihsan-ul-Haq was arrested on 16.04.2013.
The general public was invited thrice on 12-05-2013, 08-06-2013 & 09-06-2013 through advertisements in newspapers nationwide to submit their claims and finally 13.06.2013 was given as a cut-off date. About 838 claimants involving Rs 552,439,700.00/- submitted their claims to NAB Rawalpindi. The accused came forward and opted for a Voluntary Return (VR); he offered Rs 446,610,979.61/- in the shape of 20 x Pay Orders in the name of Chairman NAB and promised that he would pay the remaining amount of Rs 105,828,720.39/- within one month.
After approval of VR, the accused was discharged under section 25 (a) of NAO 1999. After a lapse of due time, the accused was issued a notice to appear and deposit the same but he absconded. The accused after a default of his VR was re-arrested on 06.09.2013 and is presently under judicial custody in Adyala Jail, Rawalpindi. Meanwhile, more claimants started submissions of their claims and presently the claims of 7969 claimants involving Rs 5.9 billion have been received by NAB Rawalpindi.
During the scrutiny of record of claimants, it has been found that 39 Directors/Agents of Mufti Muhammad Ehsan-ul-Haq, Chief Executive of M/s Fayazi Gujranwala Industries Pvt. Ltd have collected the amount from general public. The names of some of directors are Muhammad Abrar-ul-Haq (real brother of Mufti Ehsan) Muhammad Salman, Muhammad Usama Abbasi, Rashid Saleem, Muhammad Asif Shahab, Muhammad Kashif Shahab, Qazi Muhammad Abubakar, Fazal Subhan, Zubair Muhammad Khan, Ahmed Nawaz, Hafiz Mukhtiar Khan, Hafiz Muhammad Nawaz (father-in-law of Mufti Ehsan). Due to the efforts of investigation team, the following recoveries have been made so far, Rs 446,610,979.61 /- in the shape of cash, Two residential houses situated in Islamabad, two industries namely Spadix Pharmaceuticals & Goodman Laboratories situated at Rawat, Rawalpindi, a residential plot measuring 16 Kanals situated at Gujranwala, 4 costly vehicles have been recovered from Mian Moin Aslam, who received cash and vehicles from the family of Mufti Ehsan for his release. All above mentioned immoveable properties have been marked caution u/s 23 of NAO 1999. An interim reference against Mufti Muhammad Ehsan and his directors is being filed in Accountability Court, Islamabad.