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Sharjeel Memon elected to Sindh PAC, resigns citing NAB probe against him

A day after the Sindh Assembly notified the names of MPAs who shall serve in the Sindh Public Accounts Committee (PAC), a resignation letter was handed in by PPP leader Sharjeel Memon excusing himself from the committee, citing a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) trial faced by him.

According to the March 19 notification, the following seven Sindh Assembly members were declared elected to the committee:

"Though as an MPA it is a matter of great honour for me that I have been elected to be a member of such an august committee [...] in the present circumstances, facing a NAB trial, I feel that I will not be in a position to discharge my duties as Member, PAC," Memon stated in the letter.

Faryal Talpur, PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari's sister, is also embroiled in an accountability case concerning the use of fake bank accounts to launder money. There is no indication yet that she will be resigning from the post.

In 2016, NAB filed before the administrative judge of the accountability courts a reference against the former provincial information minister and others for committing corruption in the award of advertisements of the provincial government’s awareness campaigns in the electronic media involving over Rs5 billion.

The reference, sent by the NAB chairman, said that an investigation was conducted regarding corruption and corrupt practices in the advertisement awareness campaigns on TV and FM channels between July 2013 and June 2015 and it was found that the accused acted in connivance with each other resulting in a loss of Rs3,279,177,029 to the national exchequer.

It was revealed in the investigation that an amount of Rs5,766,479,766 was paid to seven advertisement companies in violation of the Sindh Public Procurement Rules 2010.

It was alleged that Memon issued contracts to his favoured advertising agencies at exorbitant rates even without confirming market rates.

It was further alleged that the former information minister had directly approved the media plan submitted by the involved advertising agencies.

The former minister was arrested by NAB officials on November 23, 2017 along with 11 others who have been nominated in the reference.

An accountability court in Karachi subsequently indicted the accused, including Memon, on February 15, 2018.

The case is currently pending trial before the accountability court.

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