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Owais Muzaffar summoned by NAB in illegal land allotment case

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Owais Muzaffar for allegedly allotting lands illegally in the Malir River Bed. Muzaffar is the foster brother of former president Asif Ali Zardari and has served as the Sindh Minister for Local Government besides holding the charge of provincial government departments of Housing during the last Pakistan Peoples Party government.

Documents obtained by Geo News allege the former minister in connivance with his ?frontman? Aftab Pathan was involved in ?aiding and abetting? of illegal allotments in Malir River Bed by ?illegal and corrupt means?.

The call-up notice served to Muzaffar states the allotments can prove to be potentially detrimental to the environment and cause loss to the national exchequer.

Muzaffar has been asked to record his statement on August 18 before NAB.

The Sindh government on Thursday had officially ended the jurisdiction of the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance (NAO) 1999 in the province.

A notification issued by the law ministry directed authorities to print the NAO 1999 repeal bill 2017.

With the new law in effect, the NAB will now only be mandated to probe and hear cases related to the federal government's institutions as its authority in the province will be replaced with the Sindh Accountability Commission.

However, according to sources in NAB, ongoing inquiry against senior officials in Sindh government will not be affected by the newly passed bill by the Sindh government.


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