ACE registers case against mineral department officers

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Amraiz Khan

Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has registered a case against officers of mine and mineral department allegedly involved in corruption worth Rs. 200 million
ACE officials claimed that accused officers awarded contract to Haihong Super Pak Pvt Ltd in Rs. 100 million whereas the reserve price of the same was Rs. 303 million. DG ACE has constituted a team under the supervision of Deputy Director Technical to further investigate the matter.
Those against whom FIR was registered included former Director General Mines and Minerals Zafar Javed, Deputy Director Rashid Lateef, Manager Rafiullah Khan, Manager Rizwan Saqib Bajwa, Geologist Usman Ali and contractor Mukhtar Ahmad. These officers were involved in illegally digging out gold from Indus River, misuse of powers and damage the national exchequer. According to details, Director General ACE received complaints that the officers of Mines and Minerals Punjab by violating rules and regulations have illegally created of new zone for gravel and sand on Indus River.
On which DG ACE directed Regional Director Rawalpindi to inquire into the matter. During the inquiry, the matter revealed that the officers of Mineral department gave permission to create new zone for gravel and sand on such place where the gold particles found.