PESHAWAR: DG NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Brig (R) Farooq Naser Awan has been re-appointed for the second time as DG NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for further one year on his outstanding performance after retirement.
According to a notification issued by NAB headquarters, which said that consequent upon the approval of the President of Pakistan, Chairman NAB has been pleased to re-employ Brig(R), Farooq Naser Awan, as Director-General in National Accountability Bureau for a period of one year from March 15, 2022, on his superannuation.
For the first time in the history of NAB, an officer of the rank of Director General has been re-appointed twice after retirement.
He was posted as DG NAB KP and he assumed the charge on December 24, 2019, till his retirement. Earlier, he was posted as DG NAB Bureau Karachi director-general from October 2018 to December 23, 2019.
Similarly, he served as chief of staff and NAB Headquarters DG from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, he was appointed as NAB Multan DG, where he served for about one year. In 2017, he was posted as NAB Peshawar Director-General, where he served for one year and one month time period. In 2018, Farooq Naser Awan was appointed as NAB Headquarters DG Training.
Awan was selected to serve NAB in 2013 after he topped the merit list. He got commission in the Pakistan Army in 1980 and got retirement as a brigadier in 2011 after serving at various positions. He had received his master’s degree from Engineering University Mughalpura Lahore.
During his two tenures in Peshawar, Brig (retd) Awan worked on several important cases and solved them. Farooq Awan is regarded as a hard-working and experienced official. He is hopeful that he would continue his best abilities against corruption and irregularities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the leadership of NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.
During a recent event, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa handed properties worth Rs1.117 billion to officials of the concerned departments after it was recovered in different corruption cases including beyond known sources of income during last year. The cheques were distributed by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shah Farman along with Director General NAB KP Brig.(R) Farooq Nasir Awan during a ceremony held at KP NAB headquarters. Worth Rs723 million cheques were given to Additional Secretary Finance, Properties worth Rs212 million were handed over to Member NHA and properties worth Rs.180 million to DG Pakistan Post. Brigadier (R) Farooq Naser Awan while briefing the governor about the performance of NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa informed that NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had 100 percent disposal rate of the complaints. He also highlighted that since inception NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had completed 1940 inquiries and filed 371 references in Accountability Courts.
He added that so far about Rs.15 billion had been recovered by NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. NAB has a conviction rate of 57 percent which was highest among all anti-corruption agencies of Pakistan.
Shah Farman, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa appreciated the performance of NAB. He highlighted the importance of awareness against corruption in general masses so that mindset could be changed. Habibur Rehman Addl Director, Mr. Imran Ali Mangrio Addl Director, Mr. Israr Ul Haq Addl Director Staff, Mr. Tariq Babar Deputy Director, Ms. Mehvish Gul Assistant Director, Mr. Ali Hassan Assistant Director, Mr. Rafi Jan Assistant Director, Mr. Uzair Assistant Director were handed over best officers certificates.
The DG NAB informed that over Rs1.11 billion ill-gotten money has been recovered from different corrupt elements of various departments and organizations including officials of Communication and Works(C&W), Auqaf Department KP, National Highway Authority-North and Post Master General Office KP. He said Rs723.840 million was recovered from officials of C&W and Auqaf Department in assets cases beyond known sources of income.
It was told that one kanal and 17 marla plaza and 71 kanal and three marla land in Mardan and one kanal bungalow at Hayatabad were confiscated in cases of State vs Ikram Shah and others, State vs Muhammad Rafiq Bangash of C&W departments while 256 canal land at Mani Khela and Ghala Dher Mardan in State vs Ashraf Ali.
Similarly, Rs212.500 million had been recovered in state vs Yousaf Ali and others (NHA-North) in asset case beyond known sources of income. He said the accused member NHA North Yousaf Ali and others were failed to justify their assets including four kanal plot at Hayatabad Peshawar, two motor vehicles and one kanal plot at NHA foundation Islamabad.
Moreover, Rs181.00 million were recovered in state vs Nuzhat Begum case of beyond known sources of income from corrupt officials.
In this case, the accused has failed to justify assets which include one kanal banglow at Hayatabad, two kanal plot at Mardan, 10 marla house at Sheikh Maltoon Town Mardan and 10 marla at Sheikh Maltoon town Mardan.
It is pertinent to mention here that even earlier DG NAB Brig. (R) Farooq Naser Awan took charge of Karachi Bureau in Oct 2018. During his period NAB Karachi made disposal of cases with good vigour and competence. NAB Karachi received and disposed over 9859 Complaints which is the largest and completed 242 CVs. Similarly 105 Inquiries and 47 Investigations were completed and 33 References were filed in Accountability Courts. NAB Karachi made direct and indirect recoveries of Rs 1599.87 million (including recoveries in shape of recovery of state land). During this period NAB Karachi arrested 125 accused persons. NAB Karachi placed 41 accused persons on Exit Control List (ECL).