MIRPUR (AJK): Azad Jammu Kashmir Accountability Bureau has arrested three officials of the state-run Project Management Unit (PMU) of over Rs. 7 billion greater water supply and sewerage project in Mirpur on the charges of indulging in the mass corruption in the project, AJK Accountability Bureau sources said.
The sources told this Correspondent here Friday that as a result of the extensive initial probe into the scam, conduced by the NAB investigative unit led by Deputy Director Investigations Shehzada Goher Rehman, the NAB team arrested three officials of the PMU of the mega project including Raja Muhammad Rafique then Deputy Director, Mubarak Ali, then Assistant Engineer and Muhammad Afzal, then Sub Engineer.
The nabbed accused were shifted to the local Safe House of the NAB soon after their arrest for further probe. They would be produced before the AJK Accountability Court Mirpur for securing the physical remand for further investigations, said the sources.
Funds for the gigantic project were provided to the AJK government by the government of Pakistan through WAPDA for the construction of the mega project of mass public welfare in the wake of about Rs. 110 billion Mangla Dam raising project, completed in 2013.
Meanwhile according to a press release of the AJK Accountability Bureau the arrested officials were involved in financial embezzlement, corruption and misuse of official powers in the greater water supply and sewerage scheme Mirpur.
AJK government had filed a reference in the AJK AB against the accused after it found corruption in the project. In the light of directions of Chairman AB, Deputy Director investigation Shahzada Gohar Rehman initiated the probe and found from the record and documents that greater water supply and sewerage scheme was originally worth 3 billion rupees to provide facilities of sewerage and potable water to Mirpur city and its hamlets including Mangla, Hameedabad, Chakswari, Dudeyal, Siakh, Islamgarh and Khaliqabad.
The project was launched in 2008 with an estimated cost of 3 billion rupees but it increased to 7 billion rupees as it could not be started in time. Financial embezzlements, corruption and misuse of official powers were also surfaced during the investigation as a result of which accountability bureau arrested the accused and shifted them to Saif House for further investigation.
Initial reports said that despite the advance payment of funds for the construction of the project of vital significance for Mirpur city and adjoining hamlets, then PPP-led AJK government and its successor sitting PML (N) led regime in the state totally failed to get the much-needed greater water supply and sewerage project completed following the alleged misuse and embezzlement of the funds by the officials of the concerned PMU headed by a Superintending Engineer , originally hailing from the AJK Public Works Department with other officials of the subordinate ranks including the above arrested accused allegedly with the connivance of the concerned private-sector construction company.
Further investigations are in progress.
Meanwhile, city circles have demanded of the government besides inviting the attention of the AJK Accountability (Ehtesab) Bureau to ensure the accountability of all other influential including the servicing and former officials and the political elders of the concerned regime, allegedly involved the infamous mega corruption scam of the Mirpur greater water supply and sewerage project, to bring the perpetrators of the corruption to justice


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