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NAB raids ex-Balochistan finance adviser’s house in DHA

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Karachi A team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on early Sunday morning conducted a raid on the house of former Adviser to Chief Minister Balochistan on Finance, Khalid Langov, in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority area. As per a Geo News report, the team had recovered important documentary evidence pertaining to an ongoing corruption scandal in the Balochistan government.

According to NAB sources, the raiding team also found foreign currency and weapons of a prohibited caliber from Langov’s residence. Another item of interest, which was not found in yesterday’s operation, was the former finance adviser’s bullet-proof vehicle that is estimated to be worth around Rs50 million.The car, it was said, had been registered in the name of one of Langov’s frontmen, Sohail Shah, who had earlier been arrested from Hyderabad.

The NAB sources said that one of Langov’s brother – who is believed to have gone into hiding with the armoured vehicle – is wanted by the bureau and efforts were underway to trace and arrest him at the earliest.Important revelations, according to the NAB sources, could be expected within the next 24 hours.In May, Langov had said he was stepping down from his post to aid transparent investigations after a huge amount of ill-gotten money was recovered from the residence of the provincial finance secretary, Mushtaq Raisani.

In the raid on Raisani’s house on May 6, NAB had recovered a huge amount in local and foreign currency stashed away on the premises.According to an initial count, around Rs730 million worth in currency and prize bonds were recovered from the then serving bureaucrat’s residence.Having announced his decision to step down, Langov had resigned from his post following Raisani’s arrest. At the time, Langov stated that he was resigning because a person from his department was being accused of serious corruption and foul play, hence he was not morally eligible to stay in his post.

The then adviser to CM on finance had, however, clarified that there was no inquiry initiated against him nor had there been any allegations levelled against him.On May 25, though, NAB officials had taken him into custody shifted him to the NAB headquarters.NAB officials arrested Langov from outside the Balochistan High Court, where he had appeared for the hearing of a pre-arrest bail plea in relation to the investigation in Balochistan secretary finance Mushtaq Raisani’s corruption scandal.
He was arrested as he was exiting the court premises after the BHC bench dismissed his plea, even though the Islamabad High Court had, on May 17, granted him protective bail of 12 days.

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