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Former PSO GM, others remanded to NAB custody

KARACHI: An accountability court has remanded two accused in NAB custody, allegedly involved in a big scam, damaging national treasury over billions of rupees, till July 24.

The National Accountability Bureau produced accused Akhtar Jamil, Qaisar Jameel and Kamran Iftikhar Lari before the accountability court seeking their physical remand for further interrogation.

The court, on the request of the NAB official, remanded two including former general manager PSO, Akhtar Jameel and former President Biko Qaiser Jameel in NAB custody, and sent Kamran Iftikhar Lari for the judicial remand.

The court directed the investigation officer to produce detailed investigation report regarding the massive corruption scam in the next hearing.

An application was filed by accused, Kamran Ifikhar Lari seeking proper medical treatment, his counsel pleaded the court to allow him for medical treatment outside the prison as the required medical facilities are not available in the prison, he added that his condition is very critical and he is not able to walk. The court after hearing concluding arguments from both the sides, has allowed his plea.

According to the NAB prosecution, the accused were involved in damaging national treasury over 40 billion.

Earlier, a scam amounting over Rs40 billion has been uncovered at the Pakistan State Oil (PSO), the country’s biggest oil marketing company.

The irregularities resulting in the loss of billions of rupees have been pointed out in the audit report on the accounts of Pakistan State Oil Company Ltd. PSO is an autonomous body working under the administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.