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Ahmed Raisani started revealing names of his facilitators

09 May, 2016

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QUETTA: Balochistan former finance secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani, who was arrested on Friday by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for alleged corruption, has started revealing names of his facilitators during the investigation.

NAB seized bags filled with local and foreign currency worth more than Rs 730 million from Raisani’s home during the raid. The accused is in NAB custody on 14-day remand.

During the initial interrogation, Raisani has confessed to corruption charges against him and disclosed names of at least 11 close aides who were involved in the mega corruption.

Finance Advisor Khalid Lango, who resigned after Raisani’s arrest, is expected to be included in the investigation process and his name is likely to be placed on the exit control list (ECL) to stop him from fleeing the country, NAB sources said.

According to sources, Raisani disclosed during the interrogation that the money recovered from his home was to be sent abroad through hundi. He reportedly told the investigators that had the NAB been late for a day, the amount would have been transferred abroad.

NAB has initiated process for the arrest of Raisani’s accomplices but no arrest has been made so far. Sources said that 11 accomplices of Raisani have been identified and all of them are government officials.

Raisani, an influential bureaucrat from Balochistan, has served as finance secretary for the last few years. He was granted this key position on the recommendations of chief of National Party Mir Hasil Bazanjo.

Senior NAB officials have been investigating Raisani’s involvement in embezzlement of over Rs 40 billion funds for quite some time. The former finance secretary was picked up from his residence by NAB officials on Friday and Rs730 million was seized from his home.

Following the interrogation, NAB has taken all record of development projects from the finance and local government departments as well as certain banks into the custody.

During the Friday’s raid, NAB officials faced resistance from the bureaucracy in the Civil Secretariat, who tried to make the arrested secretary escape by switching off the lights of the building. The raiding team, however, kept NAB chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman and DG Tariq Mehmood informed about the whole situation and finally succeeded in capturing Raisani.

Sources said that NAB chairman has advised the investigation team not to take any pressure in the case and bring all culprits involved in the scandal to the book.

The government and civilian circles of Balochistan are of the view that Mushtaq Raeesani was taking 10 per cent advance on every sort of development project or any other transaction. After receiving the information, NAB Balochistan tasked its intelligence wing to collect evidences not only against Mushtaq Raeesani but also those who remained directly involved with him in his activities and facilitated him in corruption.

It has been learnt that some people who saw bags filled with Pakistani and foreign currency as well as gold ornaments at Raeesani’s house informed the NAB Balochistan director general, who then ordered a raid which resulted in Raisani’s arrest.

NAB Balochistan DG Tariq Mehmood following the arrest of Mushtaq Raeesani said that the volume of currency and gold seized from the accused proves that it is not the work of a single person and many other people were involved in the scandal.

Following the arrest, Balochistan former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik and finance advisor Khalid Langu have also presented themselves for accountability.

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