Ex-PCB chief 'immediately coming to Pakistan' to clear corruption charges

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Lahore, Mar. 15 (ANI): Former PCB chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf has decided to "immediately come" to Pakistan and clear his name from the National Accountability Bureau inquiry suggesting that he was involved in embezzlement of millions of rupees.

"I am immediately coming to Pakistan to clear this matter and my name and reputation! There is no truth to any of these accusations and once all facts are known, everyone will see that there is no case," the Daily Times quoted Ashraf, as saying.

The NAB has initiated the inquiry on the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Earlier, former PCB official Razaullah Khan had filed a petition in the apex court against his former boss.

According to a source close to Ashraf, Razaullah was removed from his service during Dr Ashraf's tenure because he 'had no utility' and was 'surviving' in the PCB through 'political connections'.

"After getting a sack, Razaullah decided to settle scores with Dr Ashraf by approaching the Supreme Court," the source said.

The Auditor General of Pakistan conducted extensive audit of the PCB from 2003-2008 - covering three chairmen Tauqir Zia, Shaharyar Mohammad Khan and Dr Ashraf.

"The PCB did not provide most of the record, as demanded, to the Auditor General. Proper rules and procedure were always followed.

None of the allegations show any personal gain to Dr Nasim, Tauqir or Shaharyar," sources said. (ANI)

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