Ex-Balochistan CM says he was in dark about corruption

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QUETTA: As Balochistan Finance Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani was remanded in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau for two weeks, former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch told the provincial assembly that he had no knowledge of corruption in the finance department during his over two-year term.
Dr Baloch, under whose tenure Mr Raisani was posted as the provincial finance secretary in 2013, also presented himself and his party the National Party for accountability against the backdrop of Friday`s NAB raid on theresidence of Finance Secretary Raisani that resulted in the seizure of over Rs730 million cash, gold and prize bonds.

He made a statement from the floor of the house that he was ready to face any probe by NAB. Terming the action of the apex anti-graft body a positive step, he said that the accountability process should begin from 2002.
He said that he was not aware of any corruption in the Knance department when he was the provincial chief executive for two and a half years.

However, Leader of the Opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Maulana Abdul Wasay of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam took strong exception to his statement and said how could it be possible that a CM was not aware of the corruption of his finance secretary.

`All members of Dr Malik Baloch`s then cabinet, including Nawab Sanaullah Zehri [the current CM] should resign,` he demanded.

Amid a noisy protest, the opposition staged a walkout and made it clear that they would return to the house only after all members of Dr Baloch`s cabinet resigned.

Treasury lawmakers condemned the opposition`s walkout and said that Maulana Wasay had no right to level such allegations when he himself was a senior minister in the previous set-up and allegedly and said how could it be possible that a CM was not aware of the corruption of his finance secretary.
`All members of Dr Malik Baloch`s then cabinet, including Nawab Sanaullah Zehri [the current CM] should resign,` he demanded.

Amid a noisy protest, the opposition staged a walkout and made it clear that they would return to the house only after all members of Dr Baloch`s cabinet resigned.

Treasury lawmakers condemned the opposition`s walkout and said that Maulana Wasay had no right to level such allegations when he himself was a senior minister in the previous set-up and allegedly involved in corruption.
Mir Khalid Langov, the adviser to chief minister on finance who has resigned following the arrest of finance secretary Raisani, said that he quit his post because he was unable to carefully monitor the situation.

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Abdul Hamid Khan is the chairman of Balawaristan National Front (BNF), a nationalist political party of Balawaristan (Pakistan Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan), which Pakistan had purposefully named as Northern Areas to keep its disputed status obscured. Chairman Khan started a political struggle for the human and political rights of the deprived people of Gilgit-Baltistan, after the year 1988. However, in the depoliticized region under the Pakistani bureaucratic establishment he faced many difficulties.

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