Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has claimed that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) gave him a ‘clean chit’ in the scandal involving the allotment of forest department’s protected land in Malam Jabba.
The chief minister was talking to media after appearing before a team of NAB KP investigating the alleged corruption in the allotment of 275-acres of KP Forest Department’s protected land in Malam Jabba on lease.
He said that this was his first and last appearance before the NAB team, adding that he was not given any questionnaire to respond to.
Mahmood Khan said that the bureau had summoned him not as an accused, but rather as a witness. “I was Minister for Tourism when the land was leased out in the previous government,” he explained.
He said that he has no link with the case whatsoever, adding that he had not signed any summary or file relating to the lease.
The Chief Minister said that the provincial government was taking measures to promote investment in the province to create more jobs and alleviate poverty.
Earlier, NAB had summoned the KP senior minister Atif Khan and PTI Senator Mohsin Aziz to appear before the bureau in connection with the scandal.
Atif Khan could not appear before the NAB team investigating the scandal as he was not in the country. However, PTI Senator Mohsin Aziz joined the NAB investigation. Aziz was grilled about the scandal by the NAB team.
In October, NAB had also summoned Prime Minister Imran Khan’s principal secretary Azam Khan, in connection with the scandal. He was summoned for illegally allotting the land as chief secretary of KP during the previous PTI government’s tenure.
In January this year, Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal had ordered an inquiry into the scandal of leasing out Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Forest Department’s 275 acres of protected land in Malam Jabba.