Malam Jabba land case: KP chief minister appears before NAB

Malam Jabba land case: KP chief minister appears before NAB

Peshawar (Staff Report): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Monday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Malam Jabba land lease case.

According to NAB officials, the KP chief minister was summoned for questioning as he was provincial minister for sports, culture, tourism and museums during the last Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government when the land was leased out for ski resorts.

Talking to newsmen after his appearance in NAB, Mehmood Khan said this was his last appearance as NAB gave him clean chit. He said that PTI respects institutions.

Mehmood said he had no connection to the case, adding that the provincial government was making efforts to boost investments.

The NAB is investigating leasing out of 275 acres of land in Malam Jabba, a tourist resort in Swat district, which belongs to the provincial forest department.

Former KP chief minister Pervaiz Khattak, Principal Secretary to PM Azam Khan and Senator Mohsin Aziz had also appeared before the NAB in Malam Jabba case.

Mehmood Khan was provincial sports minister and Mohsin Aziz was chairman of the KP sports board at the time of agreement.

In 2014, the KP government violated the rules and regulations and allegedly gave 275-acre land to a private company on lease for 32 years.

The provincial government was to lease a mere 17-acres of land for 15 years including five acres for construction of a hotel and 12 acres for a chairlift project.