Adviser to Nadra chief terminated from service

Leaking information to media

ISLAMABAD - An adviser to National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) chairman was ‘shown the door’ the other day for allegedly leaking information to the media about corrupt practices in the authority.
Nadra Chairman Usman Mubin has terminated the services of his adviser Samad Khurram without mentioning any reasons for this decision.
However, sources in the Ministry of Interior and Nadra said that his contract was terminated for leaking information about alleged misappropriations of former Acting Nadra Chairman Imtiaz Tajwar, who is presently the Deputy Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
An official of Nadra said Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was not happy with Samad Khurram for allegedly leaking information about misappropriations in the authority to the media. He said that Samad had openly raised voice in Nadra for continuous misuse of authority as well as discretionary funds by its certain senior officers.
Another controversy on this issue is that Samad Khurram also submitted his resignation on January 13, 2015 that was duly received by DG Human Resource (HR) and later sent to Nadra chairman. However, Samad received a termination letter from chairman office on January 14, 2015. The officials in Nadra and the Ministry of Interior claimed that his service contract had been terminated.
Samad Khurram was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.
An official of Nadra said the Nadra chairman had terminated the contract of his adviser and under the rule he was authorised to do so. An official of the Ministry of Interior also confirmed this. The Nation had published a story on November 26 that the Interior Ministry had conveyed to the Prime Minister office about 376 bills worth Rs6.3 million claimed by recently appointed NAB Deputy Chairman Imtiaz Tajwar in one year during his stint as acting Nadra chairman.
The Nation reported that Imtiaz Tajwar claimed in the bills that he bought medicines of worth Rs 2 million meant for males, medicines amounting to Rs2.5 million meant for females. He also claimed bills of worth Rs2 million to buy dry fruits to serve his guests as Nadra chief.
It was reported that the Nadra ex-chairman also kept with himself two luxury official vehicles of the authority along with two drivers, one chef and one sweeper while violating rules. The federal government had appointed Imtiaz Tajwar as acting Nadra chief after the removal of former chairman Tariq Malik at a time when he was serving as the additional secretary at the Ministry of Interior.

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