NHA seeks details of misappropriated motorway funds from Sindh

City News Nov, 23 2022
NHA seeks details of misappropriated motorway funds from Sindh
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KARACHI: National Highway Authority (NHA) has sought details about Motorway funds from Sindh government, misappropriated in mega scam. NHA asked about extent of funds released for land procurement for Motorway project. A fact-finding committee of NHA also visited Matiari and Naushehro Feroz districts. Committee members held meetings with real owners of land and sought details of matter from them, sources said.

Highway authority also demanded of Sindh government to handover matter to National Accountability Bureau and Federal Investigation Agency for inquiry into scam. “It is matter of banking transactions, NAB should be entrusted for return of amount,” NHA officials quoted as saying. Chief Secretary has sought permission from Sindh Chief Minister over matter. Earlier, Sindh government wrote to federal government seeking suspension of deputy commissioner Naushehro Feroz over his role in M-6 graft scandal. It has been disclosed that deputy commissioner Tashfeen Alam has also been involved in scandal, according to sources.

DC has been in hiding for last four days, sources said. Sindh government also constituted team for arrest of Tashfeen Alam. According to documents, National Highway Authority released an amount of Rs 4.09 billion to DC Matiari for purchase of land for Motorway. The accused drawn Rs 1.82 billion cash from bank for procurement of land for 70 kilometers of road, according to documents. An amount of Rs four billion was transferred to another account by accused and earned 540 million rupees profit. AC New Saeedabad paid cash to landowners instead of cheques, according to case papers.

Published in The Daily National Courier, November, 24 2022

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