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Wednesday Apr 24 2019

NAB begins probe into alleged corruption by Punjab CM Usman Buzdar

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar is accused of getting government helicopter insured for Rs70mn instead of Rs30mn, and illegally awarding alcohol-sale permit to private hotel in Lahore.—File photo

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, sources informed Geo News.

According to sources, two complaints have been filed with the anti-graft body against alleged corurption by the Punjab chief minister.

Buzdar is accused of getting a liquor-sale permit to a private hotel in Lahore, they said.

The chief minister is also accused of getting a helicopter for his official use insure for Rs70 million, instead of Rs30 million, according to sources. Buzdar had directed to pay the insurance amount through a supplementary grant.

The sources further said that NAB had initiated proceedings for verification of the corruption complaints, for which the anti-graft body's Lahore bureau issued the directives.

Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson Shahbaz Gill in his reaction to the development said the government helicopter was insured by an official government institution, National Insurance Company.

"There can be no financial embezzlement if it's the government institution which is the insurance company," Gill said.

"The disparity in figures is because we have to take dollar's appreciation into consideration and the time span of insurance is one year and nine months."