ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau is sitting on a corruption case against a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for last one year, The Nation has learnt.

According to details, a case is pending with the NAB against Member Provincial Assembly Ch Muhammad Akram from August 2015. Ch Akram was elected member of Punjab Assembly on the ticket of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from PP-122 Sialkot and he had also served as Chairman Surgical Instruments Manufacturer Association Pakistan (SIMAP).

According to documents available with The Nation, The Chief Executive Officer of Bhinder Surgical Company submitted a complaint against MPA in NAB Lahore Bureau on June 15, 2015. The complainant said that the provincial legislator and his associates were involved in corruption through illegal purchase, repair and maintenance of machinery and award of tenders to their favorite companies which supplied under specification and substandard machines through fake documents of import involving approximately Rs300 million.  The documents further say that NAB Lahore referred the case (no.NAB873/15/Lahore) against MPA to NAB headquarters due to the involvement of a politician for further action on complaint after verification process. The recommendation of NAB-L vide letter dated 20.08.2015 for authorisation of CV appears reasonable and is endorsed to ascertain the real facts for cognizance of the matter under NAO, 1999.

In another complaint, which was submitted by Attique–ur-Rehman at NAB Lahore Bureau also against Ch Akram, in case of sale the military land to him fraudulently and it has also proved it court.

He claimed that he bought the land from MPA for the purpose to build a hospital for the assistance of poor people of the city and he had also paid Rs80 million to him. Rehman had also submitted the application for fair probe into the case to Director General Military land last week.

Responding to the queries of this correspondent after a week, an official of NAB Lahore Bureau said that the inquiry was under process but the complainant failed to provide the required evidences of allegations so far.    

Talking to The Nation, complainant Amir Riaz Bhinder said that he had sent several reminders to NAB headquarters and NAB Lahore Region through courier service to speed up investigation into the case. He said that NAB Lahore also confirmed about his reminders through telephone calls.

When contacted, MPA Ch Akram told The Nation that he did not receive notice or telephone call asking him to record statement. He said he was ready to appear before NAB in this case because he was not involved in any corruption in past. He also rejected the allegation regarding sale of military land to anybody.