LAHORE - The Nespak in house committee headed by Kamran Imtiaz has initiated an inquiry on directives of government auditors against former MD Assad I.A Khan for illegal purchase of five luxurious vehicles costing more than Rs30 millions.
Official sources said that the government auditors found him in several cases of irregularities and embezzlement, directing the in house committee to probe the matter. The former MD, without getting approval of the board, has issued Rs30 million for purchase of five highly luxurious modles vehicles of ‘Toyota Fortuner’ for vice presidents. Documents available with The Nation, reveals that the vice presidents who were given vehicles included Nespak Highways vice president Qazi Iftikhar, vice president Dr Mansoor Hashmi, Dr Tahir Hayat and Basit Masood.
The enquiry committee head has also collected data of tracker, which pointed out that vehicles were used private purpose most of the time.
Insiders said that Mr. Assad, who remained head of the Nespak in two tenures of almost three years, approached the supreme court against appointment of the new MD but his plea was rejected as Amjad Khan who was number two in rank was appointed by the government because FIA was conducting inquiry against the senior most officers of Nespak, besides pending several show cause notices against them. Officials said that ex-MD made many illegal promotions and violated the PPRA rules in purchase of many things. The enquiry of all such issues is underway by internal/external auditors. All the irregularities committed by him have clearly been pointed out by the government auditors in their report to the PAC, Ministry of Water & Power and Nespak Board of Directors are taking serious view of that, which comprise illegal and unjustified promotion to senior position during the tenure of Mr. Asad I.A. Khan.
Furthermore, the appointment of new Managing Director is in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of Nespak and strictly according to the direction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Nespak Professional Officers Welfare Association, in a press release issued here on Tuesday has strongly condemned the mala-fide campaign initiated by the ex-MD against Nespak.
This condemnation was made at a meeting of NEPWA, which is an elected association of officers of Nespak. Nepwa spokesman said Nespak Professionals are quite upset and feel hurt on this attitude of former Managing Director who is crossing all the limits. Nepwa stands united on this and pledged that they will not let him to defame this organization and if required they may seek the legal remedy as deemed appropriate.