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KP CM faces NAB in Malam Jabba land lease case

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Monday showed up before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Peshawar in connection with a probe into allotment of a piece of land in Malam Jabba-Swat for sports resort.

Speaking to media after his appearance, the chief minister claimed the Bureau has given him clean chit in the case, adding that he was not given any questionnaire with regard to the probe.

He said he had no information about the allotment of the land in question and added he was summoned for he held the portfolio of tourism at that time.

The NAB had summoned the CM  over his alleged involvement in the scam as he was the then KP minister for sports when the land was leased.

Provincial minister Atif Khan and senator Mohsin had been also served notices by the anti-graft watchdog to appear before it on December 14 in the same case.

It may be recalled that former Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak, who is currently serving as defence minister had appeared before the NAB in the Malam Jabba land lease case.

The forest department’s protected land was leased out to a private company for 33 years allegedly in violation of rules and regulations for the construction of a chairlift and skiing resort.

On April 15, 2015, former chairman of the Ehtesab Commission, General (retd) Hamid Khan, expressed his serious reservations over the agreement and asked the government to review it. The CM Inspection Team had also termed the agreement illegal and launched an investigation into it.

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