SUNDAY TIMES ISLAMABAD: In a meeting of NAB executive board chaired by chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Thursday, the top anti-graft body approved opening of 16 probes, involving two investigations and filing of two corruption references.

Under the suspicion of accumulating assets beyond known means of income, former provincial ministers Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sharjeel Memon and Abdul Karim Soomro will be investigated by the NAB.

The executive board also decided to start inquiry against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Pir Sabir Shah, officers of the Department of Revenue, Dera Ismail Khan, officers of the Food Department, Sukkur and others, and Brigadier Waqar, managing director, National Telecom Corporation.

Three inquiries were approved against Zahid Mir, acting managing director of the Oil and Gas Development Company and its management.

Others, who will be inquired by the NAB officials, were Sardar Qaiser Abbas Khan, Sardar Nasir Abbas Khan, Sardar Lal Khan; officials and others of the Department of Revenue, Chobara Layyah; former MPA Abdul Majeed Abro; appointment of managing directors in the National Power Park Management Company, Government Holding Private Limited, Pakistan LNG Limited, Intra-Gas System and investment in Government Holding Private Limited; Dr Ghulam Muhammad Memon, Financial Adviser, EOBI; Salman Muhammad, Acting Vice Chancellor, Federal Urdu University Karachi; officials of the CDA, CADD, officers of Lakhra Power House, Jamshoro and others.

The executive board meeting also gave a go ahead to start two investigations against the management and others of the Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar and officers of the Sarhad Development Authority.

Further, it was decided in the meeting that a reference will be filed against Khawaja Siddique Akbar, former chairman, Workers Welfare Board, Balochistan; former administrator, Kidney Centre, Quetta; Dr Ameer Ahmed Khan Jogezai, Mumtaz Ali Khan, former secretary, Workers Welfare Board, Balochistan and others.

The anti-corruption watchdog also authorised filing a corruption reference against Aslam Pervaiz Memon, former medical superintendent, Sindh Employees Security Institution, Karachi and others for incurring Rs253.65 million losses to the national kitty by violating relevant laws and embezzling funds.