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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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System Works – Najmi Alam’s front-man becomes powerful mafia of Sindh’s livestock, fisheries

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KARACHI: In blatant violation, Advisor to Chief Minister on Livestock and Fisheries Department Najmi Alam has appointed his front-man Agha Saeed as focal person of the Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Sindh Government, it is reliably learnt.

The Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department has always been a hot-cake where financial corruption of billions of rupees were corrupted and many investigations underway by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The world famous corruption made by Nisar Morai is still in the minds of the people and yet again the prominent ‘SYSTEM’ finally entered into the department in shape of installation of Najmi Alam as advisor. Under the rules, no outsider or private person can be installed as focal person, sources say.

Now, the project directors of foreign-funded multi-million projects engineers, development experts and all other official dealing with development schemes and budgets would directly report to Agha Saeed, the front-man of Najmi Alam.

Agha Saeed is a low-grade employee of the Sindh Local Government Department, who has brought into the Livestock and Fisheries Department by Najmi Alam. His appointment has shocked almost every officer of the department and a wave of unrest prevail among their ranks, sources added.

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DDO Powers for sale in Sindh’s Livestock & Fisheries Department

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KARACHI: The powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) are put on sale in the Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department ahead of retirement of the Assistant-Mukhtiarkar-turned-Secretary Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, it is reliably learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was initially appointed as assistant mukhtiarkar, is retiring from the service in the first week of June 2024 as Secretary (BS-20).

The insiders told Sindhnews that the secretary was giving DDO powers to his blue-eyed officers allegedly with the conditions that available funds be withdrawn legally and larger chunk be given to him as he is retiring next month.

While blatantly violating the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

Separately, “Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, Senior Research Officer (BS-18), Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Sindh Hyderabad is hereby declared as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the cost centers KQ0432, KQ0433, KQ0436, KQ0437 and KQ0440 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I for utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of codal formalities as per financial rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to another notification.

It is mentioned here that Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, is a veterinary doctor, posted at Hyderabad. He is supposed to perform his field duties in Hyderabad however he has become a powerful mafia and work as blue-eyed of the secretary for the last two years.

Most interestingly, Dr Hafeez Siyal issued a notification dated April 25, 2024 declaring Dr Essar Das, Additional Director Livestock as DDO for the cost centers SN0040, SN0041, SN0043, SN0044, SN0045 and SN0046.

However, Dr Essar Das refused to follow the instruction of Dr Hafeez Siyal that resulted in withdrawal of the notification of DDO powers on April 30, 2024.

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Dr Hizbullah Bhutto made DG Animal Husbandry illegally, given DDO powers

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KARACHI: In blatant violation of the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal has illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary, it is learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was appointed as Mukhtiarkar and reached to the post of Secretary purely on political influence, is retiring in June 2024.

As he has left with only a month to retire that is why the secretary is tasking his blue-eyed officials to help him empty the government funds before his retirement, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Recently, Dr Hafeez Siyal declared Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19) as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO). Besides, assigning him the charge of Director General, Animal Husbandry illegally. Under the rules, Chief Secretary is the only authority who could issue transfer and posting of officers above BS-18.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

“These are government orders”, said Dr Hizbullah Bhutto when approached by Sindhnews to seek his official version about countless blessing of Secretary Dr Hafeez Siyal upon him.

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