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The interior ministry has placed the name of former minister for railways retired Lt Gen Javed Ashraf Qazi on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Informed sources told Dawn that the names of railways’ former chairman retired Lt Gen Saeed-uz-Zafar, former general manager retired Maj Gen Hamid Hasan Butt and former member retired Brig Akhtar Ali Baig had also been put on the ECL at the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

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They are accused of illegally transferring 140 acres of prime railway land in Lahore to a Malaysian firm during the Musharraf government in 2001 for development of a golf course called Royal Palms Gold and Country Club at throwaway rates, causing a loss of about Rs2.16 billion to the national exchequer. The Islamabad High Court had last week ruled that retired military officers could not hide behind the army’s accountability process.

NAB has now decided to reopen the corruption reference against the four retired senior army officers, including Javed Ashraf Qazi. The reference remained dumped for more than a decade due to the anti-graft watchdog’s reluctance to act against the military officers.

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