National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested Pakistan Teheek-e-Insaf (PTI) member provincial assembly and Minister of Punjab for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Mohammad Sibtain Khan.
According to sources, following the arrest of former president and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, now the anti-graft watchdog arrested PTI leader and provincial minister Mohammad Sibtain Khan.
Sources said that Sibtain Khan is accused of awarding an illegal contract worth billions of rupees in Chiniot in 2007 when he was serving as provincial minister of Punjab for mines and minerals.
According to NAB officials, the provincial minister will be presented before the court tomorrow where the anti-graft agency would appeal for his 15-day physical remand.
It is pertinent here to mention that Khan was elected to the member of Punjab assembly as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-39 (Mianwali-IV) in general election, 1990. He received 29,582 votes and defeated a candidate of Islami Jamhoori Ittihad (IJI). He served a Provincial Minister of Punjab for Prison from 1990 to 1993.
He ran for the seat of the provincial assembly as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-39 (Mianwali-IV) in Pakistani general election, 1997, but was unsuccessful.
He was re-elected to the provincial assembly as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) from Constituency PP-46 (Mianwali-IV) in 2002. In January 2003, he was inducted into the provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Mines and Minerals where he remained until 2007.