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PQA’s Asad Chandna, QICT’s Junaid Zamir work hand in glove to bleed importers?

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KARACHI: The Qasim International Containers Terminal (QICT) at Port Qasim is allegedly looting and bleeding the genuine importers of Pakistan. Importers question complicity of Port Qasim Authority’s chairman Asad Rafi Chandna and QICT CEO Junaid Zamir in country’s biggest demurrage and detention scam. Importers claim that these high-ups of PQA and QICT work hand in glove to allow illegal activities ... Read More »

NAB’s awareness, prevention & enforcement policy remains successful

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ISLAMABAD: Honorable Justice Mr. Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB reviewed latest progress on NAB’s Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement policy on ”OUR FAITH-CORRUPTION FREE PAKISTAN” at NAB headquarters. The Chairman NAB said that NAB is mandated to carry out Awareness and Prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of Section 33C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO). He said that NAB’s awareness, prevention and ... Read More »

FIA summons Port Qasim Authority officer, Asad Chandna role in demurrage mega scam case under question

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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has taken up the issue of illegal demurrage and detention charges taken from importers by terminal operator in connivance with Port Qasim Authority. FIA has summoned PQA officer on 7 May, 2019, to ascertain his role in mega demurrage and detention scam case. According to details, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Corporate Crime Circle Karachi ... Read More »

OGDCL scraps $5,600,000 worth contract for hiring of rigs after Customs Today coverage

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ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has now scrapped USD $5,600,000 worth contract which was earlier awarded to a Chinese company – CNPC (Chuanqinq Drilling Engineering Company Ltd.) – for hiring of rigs allegedly in violation of PPRA rules, said sources. Customs Today raised this issue and reported that the contract worth USD $5,600,000 was awarded to CNPC ... Read More »

NAB Chairman’s “accountability for all” policy gets full support of nation

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  LAHORE: NAB under the dynamic leadership of Honorable Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB is absolutely committed to root out corruption from country with iron hands with the realization of through professionalism, transparency and on merit as per law. Today, eradication of corruption and logical conclusion of mega corruption cases is the top most policy of NAB. NAB strongly ... Read More »

FIA proceeds on KICT demurrage scam case

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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has taken up the issue of illegal demurrage and detention charges taken from importers by the KICT. According to details, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Corporate Crime Circle Karachi has launched the enquiry of issue of blackmailing and cheating by the KICT by issuing Letter# FIA/CCC/K/ENQ-92/2018/2661-62 and Letter# FIA/CCC/K/ENQ-92/2018/2990-91 in this regard. At least 30 ... Read More »

Two fraud accused appointed National Bank of Pakistan directors

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LAHORE: In a shocking development, the government has appointed two directors to the board of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), who are allegedly facing trials for fraud of billions of rupees. Reportedly, Imam Bakhsh Baloch, who has been appointed as director of the National Bank of Pakistan board by the government, is allegedly facing a whooping Rs2.5b fraud in ... Read More »

Supreme Court hears case on NAB’s voluntary return rules

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ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench on Thursday heard a case on the voluntary return rules of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Three-member bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case. Justice Azmat Saeed observed during the hearing that one of the questions to be decided is whether to discuss the previous decisions or not and another issue is ... Read More »

NAB arrests Iqbal Noori Director of M/s Parthenon Pvt Ltd involved in corruption

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RAWALPINDI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi arrested accused Muhammad Iqbal Khan Noori, Director of M/s Parthenon Pvt Ltd in case of investigation against the holders of public office, legal persons and others in fake bank accounts scam regarding corruption and corrupt practices in extending of loan and its misappropriation by front company M/s Parthenon Private Limited of M/s Park Lane ... Read More »

OGDCL allegedly awards purchase order to a Chinese company without publishing tender, pre-qualifying companies

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ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has awarded USD $5,600,000 worth contract to a Chinese company CNPC (Chuanqinq Drilling Engineering Company Ltd.) for hiring of rigs allegedly in violation of PPRA rules, said sources. Surprisingly, recently OGDCL top management has been appearing in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to clear their position in various inquiries/investigations initiated by corruption watchdog ... Read More »

Court dismisses petition filed by M/s Omni Group against CEO Customs Today Asad Kharal

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KARACHI: Additional Sessions Judge No 9 Karachi South Fateh Mobeen Nazam reportedly dismissed petition filed by M/s Omni Group against Chief Editor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Customs Today Asad Kharal. According to the details, a program aired on 29 January 2016 on ARY titled “Kab Tak” in which Asad Kharal allegedly highlighted various corruptions committed by M/s Omni ... Read More »

NAB authorises inquiry against Maersk, QICT, SRB in multi-billion scam case

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised inquiry against officials of Sindh Revenue Board, QICT and M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in country’s biggest shipping scandal involving 400 billion rupees. The NAB received the complaint with subject: Building dams by recovering losses of more than Rs 400 billion from officials of port terminals like Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) ... Read More »

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEDIA INDUSTRY CRISIS: GOVERNMENT OR OWNERS OF MEDIA HOUSES?

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LAHORE: Is the government responsible for the crisis in the media industry. Why the newspapers and TV channels are not receiving advertisement? Why was Midas Advertising Agency Chairman Inam Akbar arrested? Facts are revealed by senior analysts, journalist organisations and people affiliated with the advertisement industry. Senior journalist and owner of the Pakistan Today newspaper Arif Nizami says the National ... Read More »

Navy thwarts Indian submarine attempt, Port Qasim prone to incursion

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy (PN) thwarted an attempt by an Indian submarine to enter Pakistani territorial waters. But it is likely they could attack Karachi city and especially Port Qasim after two Indian Air Force MiG 21 aircraft were shot down by Pakistan Air Force, sources said. A section of media reported this morning that the Pakistan Navy thwarted an ... Read More »

Fearing arrest, two Indian spies flee Pakistan Port Qasim

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KARACHI: In a latest but crucial development, two Indian ‘spies’ have fled from Pakistan’s Port Qasim who were illegally appointed at the port through a holding company of the QICT without the approval of the Ministry of Interior. Experts say these spies were working at the QICT to run their network like Kulbhushan Jadhav who was caught by Pakistani Army ... Read More »

India’s unfavourable domestic politics, mishandling of Kashmir issue led to Pulwama attack

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KARACHI: India’s growing distress over unfavourable domestic political dynamics, failed strategy towards Kashmir issue, freedom struggle and regional developments in favour of Pakistan have led to the premeditated Pulwama attack on 14.2.2019. Indian Prime Minister wants to use anti-Pakistan card in general elections 2019 as his party was fast losing ground in several states. Soon after the occurrence of Pulwama incident; ... Read More »

ECC directs to form committee to ensure prompt clearance at ports after Customs Today coverage

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ISLAMABAD: Customs Today has been raising the issue of delay in clearance process at Karachi ports since last several years and finally the Economic Coordination Committee in its meeting directed the formation of a committee headed by Minister for Ports & Shipping Ali Haider Zaidi to bring up proposals for prompt and efficient cargo clearance at ports. According to details, ... Read More »

NAB Karachi arrests Agha Siraj Durrani; several politicians, corporates’ fate hangs in balance

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. After arrest of former ports and shipping minister Kamran Michael, Customs Today had reported a few days ago on 16 February that the Bureau would arrest senior politicians soon. According to details, NAB has accused him of illegal appointments, misuse of power, misappropriation of funds ... Read More »

NAB interrogates Kamran Michael, authorises inquiries against senior politicians

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Board (NAB) authorised 13 inquiries against various personalities, including former MNA Ghulam Rabbani Khar and his daughter Hina Rabbani Khar, authorized 3 investigations against former PM Ch. Shujaat Hussain and former Punjab CM Ch. Pervaiz Elahi and started interrogation against former ports and shipping minister Kamran Michael over allegations of corruption and misuse of authority. Chairman ... Read More »

65 officials of QICT, Maersk NABed in Rs 610 billion inquiry

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its Regional Board Meeting (RBM) has authorised inquiry to ascertain role of 65 officials of QICT and M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in country’s biggest Ports & shipping scandal involving 610 billion rupees. As per the complaint received by the NAB, the nexus of some Customs staff, port terminals like QICT along with ... Read More »