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     July 11,  2015



KP Ehtisab commission fully independent.....CM

Chitral Times Report

Chief Minister Khyber Paktunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has stated that Khyber Paktunkhwa Ehtasab (Accountability) Commission is a fully independent commission that had been established through a unanimously passed Act of the Provincial Assembly in 2014 and that the Federal National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should also follow the footprints of Khyber Pathtunkhwa government and initiate investigations against the Federal Government’s corruption cases.

He said that Ehtasab Commission is a fully independent and autonomous body established for the purpose of combating corruption in the province without fear or favor for anyone.

He maintained that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtisab Commission Act does not provide for the commission to report to the Chief Minister at any levels and therefore the allegations that the Ehtesab Commission was taking directives from the Chief Minister were completely incorrect, based on malafide intention and have been leveled to mislead the media and the masses.

Mr. Khattak said that the recent arrest of a sitting Provincial Minister of the ruling party by the Ehtasab Commission for alleged corruption was an ample proof of the independence and autonomy of the provincial accountability institution.

He added that the area of Jurisdiction of the Ehtasab Commission includes organizations, public service officials, politicians and the citizens involved in malpractices that caused losses to the Provincial exchequer. Therefore the Ehtasab Commission is fully authorized to conduct investigations or inquiries regarding anyone and at any level of the Province to unearth corruption and other anomalies.

The Chief Minister further stated that It was also in public knowledge that there were serious allegations of huge corruption at the Federal Level and we do hope that NAB will also initiate investigations against the Federal Government Departments as well as the Federal Ministers whose names have come to fore in connection with such scandals.

He said that recent list of 150 people sent to the Supreme Court of Pakistan by NAB is an eye opener for the public and it is now expected that strict action will be taken by NAB against these big wigs who were involved in mega corruption that resulted in a collective loss of over 50 Billion rupees to the nation.


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