NAB to probe BISP scam


From Abid Usman
LAHORE: Judicial Activism Panel on Friday sent letters to President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice Retd Javed Iqbal to open a thorough investigation into alleged corruption in Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). The letter to NAB chairman stated that the BISP has been exposed in recent days which slashed the money allocated for poor and needy people was illegally given to corrupt and blue-eyed persons. The panel urged for opening an investigation against the corrupt practices to find out more evidences. It was urged to fix the responsible persons after the emergence of a recent report released by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). The letter asked NAB chairman to order an inquiry to highlight the corrupt persons who illegally funds to the 2,543 government officials from Grade 17 to 21, whereas, various high-level officers had also collected the funds by using names of their wives. The panel has also sent copies of the letter to President Dr Arif Alvi, PM Imran Khan and chief ministers. The letter also highlighted once again that most of the government officers belong to Balochistan province as 741 people had illegally received benefits from the programme, whereas, 342 officers of Grade 18 were also involved in the corrupt practice.