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Former Wapda chairman appears before NAB in Rs753m corruption case

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  • “All allegations levelled against me are false,” Muzammil Hussain says.
  • Interrogation in NAB office lasted around two hours.
  • Hussain rejects all speculations regarding political involvement in his case.

LAHORE: Former Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Muzammil Hussain Monday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) office today where he was interrogated about corruption worth Rs753 million in the Tarbela Fourth Hydropower project, Geo News reported.

“All allegations levelled against me are false,” Hussain said while speaking to journalists outside the NAB office, where he stayed for around two hours.

The former chairman questioned how the corruption figure was of Rs753 million when the cost of the project was Rs750 million.

“No premature payments were made to contractors and the project was completed ahead of the scheduled time,” he said, adding that the cost was also recovered after the production of electricity started.

Regarding political involvement, in this case, Hussain rejected all speculations saying that no political motive was involved. “A complaint was lodged against me and the NAB considered it necessary to verify the news,” he added.

The former chairman clarified that he had answered all questions during the course of investigation, adding that he wasn’t given any sort of questionnaire. “I am ready to appear before NAB if they summon me again,” he maintained.

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While rain falls in other cities, the weather in Lahore becomes nice.

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The weather on Thursday morning was nice due to rain and a cool breeze that covered the province of Punjab, including the capital city Lahore and its surrounding districts.

Residents of these cities were relieved of the oppressive heatwave that had been predicted by the precipitation as the temperature dropped.

The monsoon rainfall system is expected to begin today and last until July 21, according to the Meteorological Department.

Transportation is becoming more difficult for the general public as a result of the flooding of low-lying parts of Punjabi cities including Jhelum, Hafizabad, Gujrat, and Rawalpindi.

For Gilgit Baltistan, KP, and Islamabad, the Meteorological Department has also predicted the amount of rain.

The NDMA reported that rainfall totaling over 50 mm is expected in the following areas: Sialkot, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jhelum, and Gujranwala. In Murree, Galyat, Kashmir, and KP, there is also a chance of land slides.

As a result of the countrywide heavy rains through July 21, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a flash flooding warning.

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The United States has reiterated its commitment to providing economic assistance to Pakistan.

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While condemned the death of security personnel in recent terror attacks in Pakistan, the United States on Wednesday praised Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to combat terrorism.

US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at a White House news briefing that the US would keep cooperating with Pakistan to maintain regional security and urged the Afghan Taliban not to use Afghan territory as a base for terror strikes in Pakistan.

Additionally, he emphasised that eliminating terrorism was in the best interests of both Pakistan and the United States and that the people of Pakistan had made many sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. The US will continue to assist Pakistan in its economic aspirations, he said, adding that the two countries were cooperating on a number of fronts.

It is important to remember that the World Economic Outlook Report, which was just released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issues a warning about ongoing global food inflation.

Given the moderate pace of global growth, the global lender has projected Pakistan’s FY25 growth rate at 3.5%.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting is called by PTI and SIC.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting was held on Thursday in Parliament House, Islamabad, by the Sunni-Ittehad Council and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The sources state that representatives from both parties attended the meeting and discussed a range of topics.

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