CHIITRAL: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwaon, on Thursday arrested Prince Khalid Pervez, the APML district president of Chitral chapter who also elected as member of the District Council Chitral from union council Drosh. He along with four other people for their alleged involvement in the embezzlement of Rs76 million forest royalty.
A statement issued by NAB Islamabad said that its KP chapter arrested Gulzarur Rehman, former divisional forest officer Chitral currently working as an assistant professor at the Forest College, Peshawar, Prince Khalid Pervez, Noor Shahideen Kalash (who was involved in fake JFMC), subadar retired Rehmat Karim and Malak Shaye Kalash.
It said that the bureau arrested them for allegedly depriving genuine concessionists of the forest royalty amounting to Rs76 million.“On the complaint of poor concessionaires of a locality from Chitral, NAB KP initiated an inquiry which revealed that Noor Shahideen made a fake joint forest management committee (JFMC) and fraudulently made himself chairman through the active connivance of other accused persons.” This fake JFMC was fully supported by then DFO Gulzar Rehman and was approved without any proper investigation and verification.
As per policy of forest department /government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, forest royalty shall be distributed among the concessionaires (royalty holders) of the locality equally.
The accused persons later diverted and embezzled an amount of Rs76 million through complex banking transactions and pocketed the amount.
An official of NAB said NAB KP was actively perusing the case, adding the accused would be produced before an accountability court in Peshawar for obtaining their physical remand.
meanwhile social and political circle of Chitral highly appreciated NAB KP for this step to arrest whose those involved in timber mafia causing for de-forestation as a result Chitral damaging by tremendous flood. with courtesy: Chitraltoday.net