KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reopened two cases of alleged corruption by the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, Nisar Khuhro, president of the Sindh party chapter, and adviser to the Chief Minister of Sindh, and Nawab Taimur Talpur, minister of Sindh province.
NAB Sukkur has summoned Nisar Khuhro on Wednesday (today) in an investigation into alleged corruption in the Sindh Food Department. Likewise, the revenue authority of the Umerkot district, the home district of the provincial minister of Talpur, has also been summoned on Wednesday in six complaints of counterfeiting of land against Minister Taimur Talpur with the Karachi NAB.
On the other hand, the Sindh Food Department has decided to send a Rs10 billion mega wheat scandal to NAB for further investigation.
According to a food department source, large amounts of Rs10 billion worth of Sindh government wheat, which were stored when it descended from 15 different districts in the province, were lost. After the initial investigation, the food department, under the direction of the competent authority, has officially asked NAB to conduct a comprehensive investigation.
According to the NAB correspondence, a copy available with The News, Provincial Minister Nawab Taimur Talpur has been summoned on alleged forgery in the land record in his favor and other family members with the collaboration of the Umerkot district revenue officer, in addition to the alleged corruption being the work of developing the Sindh Education Work Department, Public Health and others.
Karachi NAB Deputy Director Syeda Rumla Naqvi has written a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of the Umerkot District to provide a note to Minister Nawab Taimur Talpur in the case of asset acquisition outside a known source of income.
The accusation against the minister was based on complaints from Mola Bux and several others who had filed serious allegations of corruption. Minister Nawab Taimur Talpur told The News that all NAB charges were false and his investigation would not find fault with him like a previous investigation similar to that of several years ago by the Karachi NAB, which he also challenged in the Sindh High Court. Talpur said that four months ago, the NAB submitted a written statement at the desk of the Sindh High Court division, led by Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, acquitted him of all charges and declared him innocent in all questions but now they were once again submitting notifications another, which clearly proves NAB’s political victimization and bad intentions. He said he would challenge him in court.