KARACHI: The national anti-graft watchdog is conducting inquiries and investigations against more than 600 persons, including 15 lawmakers, mostly sitting MPs belonging to the PPP, in Sindh, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The disclosure came in a list submitted to the larger bench of the Sindh High Court by NAB’s prosecutor-general during the hearing of identical petitions challenging Sindh government’s anti-corruption law that clipped NAB’s powers in the province.
Interestingly, deputy director of the provincial anti-corruption establishment, Dr Agha Aijaz Ali Pathan, is also facing graft inquiry under the NAB Ordinance 1999, which the ruling PPP is opposed to and has repealed.
The list showed three sitting legislators — two belonging to the MQM and one to the PML-N.
According to the list, PPP lawmakers facing graft allegations include Sindh Law and Prisons Minister Ziaul Hasan Lanja and Livestock, Fisheries and Environment Minister Muhammad Ali Malkani.
The other MPAs in the list include former information and local government minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, former minister excise, taxation and wildlife Gian Chand Israni, former Zakat and Ushr minister Dost Muhammad Rahimon, Dr Abdul Sattar Rajpar, Haji Abdul Rauf Khoso and Aijaz Ali Helepoto.