QUETTA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) raided the residence of Balochistan Finance Secretary Mushtaq Raisani on Friday, recovering nearly a dozen bags containing Rs700 million.
According to the NAB, gold, foreign currency and prize bonds were also recovered from Raisani’s house located in GOR Colony in Quetta.
The anti-graft body had to arrange cash counting machines.
Jafar Mandokhel, a provincial minister, condemned the recovery of a whopping Rs70 million in cash from the finance secretary’s house.
“If money has been seized from his house, we strongly condemn it. But NAB’s approach is wrong,” he said.
“How can NAB raid the residence of a senior government official of Grane 20 like this?” he questioned.
Balochistan Government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar confirmed the raid and recovery of cash.
“I can confirm that NAB conducted a raid this morning and made some recoveries,” Kakar said.
“The raid was not sudden. NAB conducted the raid after collecting evidence” he said, adding that it was NAB’s mandate to take action over irrefutable evidence against corruption.
“We have encouraged the NAB to take action,” he added. – SAMAA
NAB recovers Rs730m from Balochistan finance secretary's residence
Syed Ali Shah
May 07, 2016
QUETTA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday recovered more than Rs730 million from the residence of Balochistan Finance Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani, who was arrested earlier in the day.
Raisani has been accused of embezzling billions of rupees from local government development funds, a senior NAB official, who did not want to be named, told DawnNews.
NAB recovered bags filled with local and foreign currency from Raisani’s residence.
Sources told DawnNews that according to initial count around Rs730 million worth of currency and prize bonds have been recovered from the serving bureaucrat's residence.
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Raisani was arrested during a a raid at his office in the civil secretariat on Friday.
The finance department was sealed during the raid while officials searched all rooms to sift through records, sources said, adding that records of the finance department were also seized for further investigation.
Raisani, an influential bureaucrat in Balochistan, has served as secretary finance for the last few years. He served in same position during the PPP government's term.
After a string of arrests in Sindh, this is the first high profile arrest made by the accountability body in Balochistan during the PML-N government's term as it seeks to unearth corruption worth billions of rupees in the provincial finance department's development funds.
"More arrests are likely after interrogation of the secretary," an official told DawnNews, seeking anonymity.
Raisani suspended, Lango resigns
After the episode, Balochistan government announced suspension of Mushtaq Raisani in a late night notification.The notification explains that the secretary finance was suspended following his arrest by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Balochistan government spokesperson told media that the provincial government will fully co-operate with NAB during investigation against Raisani.
On the other hand, Advisor to Chief Minister on Finance, Khalid Langau has resigned from his post following Raisani’s arrest.
Mir Khalid Langau said that he is resigning for a man from his department is facing such grave allegations of corruption and foul play, which does not morally allow him to stay in his post.
He however clarified that he is not facing any inquiry nor has been any allegation levelled against him.