The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court has closed the Youth Festival reference against seven officers including former DG Sports Punjab Usman Anwar.

According to information made available here, while giving the verdict in the Youth Festival reference, NAB declared that it has not found any evidence of corruption or financial irregularity against any official or officer of Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and this reference does not fall under the category of misuse of authority.

The court further said that it has not found any evidence of assets more than the income of the said officers and NAB also does not have any evidence of taking the benefits against the said officers. It is pertinent to mention here that NAB had filed a reference in the court against former DG Sports Punjab Usman Anwar, M Hafeez Bhatti, Deputy Director Admin Tariq Wattoo, Assistant Director Zahoor Ahmed, Walayat Shah, and others while the NAB had already closed inquiries against the Youth Festival six times.