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NAB arrests senior Foreign Ministry official over ‘corruption’

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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday apprehended a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his involvement in human smuggling and possessing assets beyond means, ARY News reported.

NAB officials rounded up Shafqat Ali Cheema, director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a raid at his office. The anti-graft body said the inquiry against Cheema was initiated upon the request of the ministry.

Cheema misused his powers and made assets worth more than his income, according to NAB sources. He was in-charge of desk that oversees affairs relating to Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. NAB has also recovered Rs 50 million from his account.

On the other hand, the anti-graft body caught its own official red-handed in Karachi while he was receiving bribe. The official of NAB’s Investigation Wing-III, Kamran Janwari, was probing irregularities in Town Municipal Administration (TMA) Chachro.

He was arrested on charges of receiving bribe by pressurizing a government official suspected of corruption.

According to NAB, Kamran Janwari obtained illegal benefits worth up to Rs 1,50,000. After being caught red-handed, a case was lodged against him under relative clauses of bribery.

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