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Rs 430m scam: Court orders arrest of PTV’s ex-media advisor for PM

*Physical remand of other accused extended for three days

By Ali Hassan

ISLAMABAD: Sessions Judge (SJ) Muhammad Aslam Gondal on Saturday issued arrest warrants for Mian Khurram Rasool, PTV’s ex-media advisor for PM, main accused in Rs 430 million fraud case. SJ also extended physical remand of Zafar Jawad, another accused in the scam for further three days.

FIA on Saturday requested the court to issue arrest warrants for Rasool charging him of extorting Rs 430 million from Pervaiz Hussain of Afghan Carpets.

According to PTV sources, Rasool was appointed on instruction of the Prime Minister (PM) House. The sources alleged that he drew salary from PTV but hardly came to PTV.

First Information Report (FIR) vide No 05/2011 dated March 11, 2010 was registered against Jawad, a resident of Chaklala, Rawalpindi, under sections 409/419/420/467/ 468/471/439(FVlQ9 PPC r/w 5 (2) 1947 PCA.

According to documents obtained by this correspondent, the case was registered against him on a complaint that during the year 2009-10 Rasool while officially working as media coordinator fraudulently extorted an amount of Rs 430 million through fake bank accounts and cash from Pervaiz Hussain in connivance with his brother Shahid Mahmood, Ghulam Ghose, Zafar Jawed and others on the pretext of managing LPG Quota and oil export license to NATO forces in Afghanistan to Sahara Gas (Pvt.) Ltd and Pak Delta Enterprise (Pvt) Ltd owned by Pervaiz Hussain and his son Sameer Hussain.

The accused along his gang prepared and used fake agreements/letters on behalf of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and also impersonated as representative of Pak Arab Refinery Ltd (PARCO) and the petroleum secretary. On disclosure of the fraud the accused issued four cheques of his account with City Bank amounting to Rs 630 million in favour of Pervaiz Hussain, but these cheques bounced.

FIA arrested Zafar Jawed on Monday (March 14), as the Interior Ministry had referred an application against him to FIA for his involvement in the scandal. The FIA officials had requested the court for 14 days physical remand of the accused, but the court granted only four days remand and ordered FIA to produce him before the court on March 19.

FIA officials produced Jawed before the court on Saturday and requested to extend his physical remand for another 10 days but the court granted three days extension and ordered FIA to produce him before the court on March 22.

The SJ was also informed that the accused was nominated in FIR and also a witness to agreement between PARCO and M/S Sahara Gas Pvt Ltd dated 23-12-2009 and agreement dated 30-06-2010 NATO forces and Director General Oil, Ministry of Petroleum and National Resources and M/S Pak Delta Enterprises. Court also learned that the further appears that the accused received an amount of Rs 85, 70,000 through cheque No 52420019 of Askari Bank Blue Area, Islamabad.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/20/2011