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NAB starts investigation against three ex-FBR chairmen, other top officials

NAB starts investigation against three ex-FBR chairmen, other top officials

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started investigation against three former chairmen of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and other top officials in a corruption case and for misuse of authority.

The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of the Bureau ordered the inquiry against former FBR chairmen, including Salman Siddique, Abdullah Yousuf and Ali Arshad Hakeem, and former Customs collector Iqbal Muneeb, team of Member Pakistan Automated Customs Computerised System (PACCS) and Additional Director Ashir Azeem.

These accused officials allegedly misused authority in awarding computerisation of FBR to a foreign company, M/S Agility, causing a loss of $11 million and claim of $650 million by Agility.

According to Karachi NAB’s interim inquiry report, the company submitted an unsolicited proposal to the customs in March 2003 to meet the requirements of the FBR.

Agility had allegedly made a number of serious misrepresentations during the bidding process with the objective of influencing the selection process and thereby producing an award of the contract.