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NAB summons CM KP in Malam Jabba leasing case

PESHAWAR: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday summoned Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP) Mehmood Khan, in a case pertaining to lease of Malam Jabba’s forest land on December 17, ARY News reported.

As per details, NAB has summoned chief minister KP on 17th of this month in a case related to alleged misappropriation in leasing of Malam Jabba’s land.

“Mr Mehmood Khan has been summoned to appear before NAB as minister of tourism to record his statement into the scandal over his alleged involvement,” said NAB’s spokesperson.

Provincial Minister, Atif Khan, Senator Mohsin have been also served notices by the anti-watch dog body 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 Defense Minister had appeared before the NAB in Malam Jabba’s land leasing case.

Malam Jabba Scandal

An alleged illegal lease of 275 acres of Forest Department land in Malam Jabba emerged as a mega scandal in KP, during last tenure of government in the province.

Political personalities and the bureaucracy allegedly connived to lease out Forests Department’s protected land to a private company, for 33 years, without caring for rules and regulations, for construction of Chairlift and skiing resort, stated in official record.

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 investigation into it.

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