The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has arrested former provincial food minister Asfandyar Kakar over corruption charges.
According to NAB sources, Asfandyar Kakar and ex-deputy director food Zahir Jamaldini were both arrested from High Court premises after the court rejected their bail.
NAB has accused the former minister and former deputy director for embezzling over 2 billion rupees. The fraud took place under the PPP tenure, NAB informed. Asfandyar Kakar served as in-charge of the warehouse despite being a grade-6 employee.
Three years ago the bureau found irregularities in the warehouse of Pishin where 256,000 wheat sacks of 100kg went missing. NAB then filed three references against the former food minister in the accountability court, which had already issued a warrant for the ex-food minister’s arrest.
After the arrest, the former minister was shifted to the regional headquarters of NAB, where tight security was observed from Balochistan High Court premises.
Reports claim that the corruption took place in 2012 and NAB has been probing in the corruption case since 2014.
Asfandyar was elected as MPA (Pishin district of Balochistan) on the ticket of PPP. He was given the portfolio of food by former chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.
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