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Two arrested for fraud in Torghar

MANSEHRA: The anti-corruption establishment, Torghar, on Saturday arrested two persons in a case of fraudulently withdrawing funds meant for seminaries and mosques in the district.

In June 2016, the anti-corruption establishment, Torghar, had booked a former provincial minster of Awami National Party, Nimroz Khan, his son and 14 other suspects for allegedly embezzling over Rs60 million meant for seminaries and mosques in the district.

Nimroz Khan had availed pre-arrest bail from sessions judge Oghi earlier this year.

A police party led by DSP Shamrez Khan raided various places in Oghi and arrested Gulsahib and Zakir Khan, who would be produced before local court for obtaining their physical remand.

Nimroz Khan, the former minster for Haj and Zakat, his son Amir Nimroz and 14 other people were booked under sections 468/471, 419/420 of Anti-Corruption Act.

An official at the anti-corruption establishment told reporters that cheques of over Rs60 million were encashed from 2011 to 2013 in names of various seminaries and mosques.

He said an inquiry was initiated against the minister when heads of seminaries and prayer leaders moved the anti-graft body, stating that money was withdrawn in names of their seminaries and mosques, but was not paid to them.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2017