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Sindh’s NAB-zaday ministers

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KARACHI: As the menace of corruption and financial embezzlement is Sindh is not a new at all, however a number of leaders, who are under investigations and are on bail, are yet enjoying the lucrative positions without any fear.

Pakistan especially Sindh has been blessed with everything whether it be natural resources, ports, ocean, natural beauty etc, however unluckily the ill-fated province has become victim of mismanagement, corruption, corrupt practices, mafias.

Pakistan has been going through worst-ever financial crisis. There may be other several reason s behind weakening of country’s economy however the major reason must be the financial corruption which go unchecked.

In Sindh, the politicians, who are probe by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), are given very important positions in the Sindh cabinet.

Aga Siraj Durrani – Speaker Sindh Assembly. Acting Governor Sindh: He is currently under probe and is on bail in a case pertaining to owning assets beyond known sources of income and alleged corruption.

The NAB arrested Mr Durrani and others in a reference of Rs 1.61 billion assets, making 352 illegal appointments, embezzlement of public funds in the construction of the MPAs’ Hostel and the new Sindh Assembly building, as well as the appointment of project directors for these schemes.

Syed Murad Ali Shah – Chief Minsiter Sindh: The NAB has filed a corruption reference against him over alleged misuse of power in disbursement of funds or province’s energy-related projects including Roshan Sindh Programme.

He is also facing another corruption reference in Islamabad’s accountability court in fake bank accounts case. Murad Ali Shah and Abdul Ghani Majeed are among 17 persons nominated in the corruption reference by the anti-graft watchdog.

Jam Khan Shoro – Sindh Minister for Irrigation: He along with his two brothers and 15 others are charged with billions of rupees corruption. The NAB charged Jam Khan Shoro (former local government, livestock and fisheries minister), his brother Kashif Shoro, former chairperson of Qasimabad municipal committee in a land scan of over Rs 5 billion.  

According to the reference, the two brothers with help of 15 other government officers forged the land record and usurped 20.13 acres of land in Deh Jamshoro which belonged to the irrigation department. He usurped 4.3 acres of the state land worth around Rs2.76 billion by forging the land revenue record in which he got changed the location of the survey numbers two, three and four. The land, which belonged to the irrigation department, was located between the new and old Phuleli canals but the forged record showed it at the main Jamshoro Road.

His relative, Karan Khan Shoro also allegedly usurped another two pieces of land measuring 15.23 acres causing loss of Rs2.26 billion to the exchequer. The land consisting the survey number 511 and New Jamshoro village, measuring 11.10 acres and 4.13 acres, respectively, also belonged to the irrigation department.

Taimoor Talpur – Sindh Minister for Forest: He and his father MNA Nawab Yousuf Talpur are under investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for Rs 100 to Rs 130 million corruption.

The FIA alleges that MNA Nawab Yousuf Talpur and his son former member provincial assembly Taimoor Talpur are involved in embezzling of funds of Rs100 to 130 million. In 2011, Prime Minister had granted them funds for construction of roads, public health and other development schemes in Sindh. The funds were allegedly embezzled as neither roads were constructed no other developments schemes were completed in the area and funds were withdrawn, embezzled through fake bills in connivance of SDO Masood Bajwa & Taimur Talpur.

Syed Sardar Shah – Sindh Minister for Education: He remained talk of the town and reportedly inquiries were also initiated against him in procurement of schools’ furniture. He denied the charges however national media aired series of corruption news against him.

Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani – Advisor to CM for Prisons: He is indicted in a corruption case worth Rs 780 million.

Chief Minister’s Adviser on Prisons, Aijaz Jakhrani, and Municipal Committee Chairman Jacobabad Abbas Jakhrani, contractor Abdul Razzak Behrani, Zaheer Masih (the ex-MNA’s driver) and Ms Lubna are co-accused in NAB’s Rs780 million corruption reference.

Fayaz Ali Butt – Advisor to CM for Zakat, Ushr and Religious Affairs: He is also facing alleged corruption charges worth millions of rupees in solar lights project when he was Sindh Minister for Public Health Engineering.  After corruption charges, Mr Butt was removed from the ministry and now he has been once again inducted in the provincial cabinet.

Manzoor Wassan – Advisor to CM for Agriculture: He is also under NAB investigation and he is currently on bail from the Sindh High Court. The NAB has accused Manzoor Wassan of making assets beyond his known source of income and also owning benami properties worth billions of rupees.

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Rashid Ansari – Mafia of Sindh’s mines and minerals!

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KARACHI: The multi-billions dollar mines and minerals spread across the Sindh province are presently under clutches of a powerful person who is himself a One-Man Mafia, compelling all his officials to bow-down before him.

Rashid Ansari has become a symbol of threat to almost every official working at the Directorate General of Mines and Mineral Development Department, Government of Sindh for the last couple of years. And, nobody is willing to take action against his massive corrupt practices involving billions of rupees, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Sindh’s caretaker minister for mines and minerals Mir Khuda Bux Marri took bold step and initiated multiple inquiries against him, suspending him from the post of Deputy Director (Technical), Mines and Mineral Development Department, sources disclosed.

While taking stern notice of the situation and malpractices, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam issued a notification suspending Rashid Ansari immediately for 90 days.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Rule-5(1) of the Sindh Civil Servants (Efficiency & Disciplines) Rules, 1973, the services of Mr Rashid Ansari, Deputy Director (Tech) (BS-18), Directorate General, Mines and Mineral Development Department are hereby placed under suspension for 90-days with immediate effect, on account of misconduct”, according to a letter exclusively available with Sindhnews.

“During the period of suspension, the headquarters of the aforementioned officer shall be at the Mines and Mineral Development Department. He shall draw pay and allowances, during the period of suspension, as admissible under the rule”, the notification adds.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Rashid Ansari for his official version however his cell phone remained unattended till filing of the report.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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