QUETTA, 24 May: Balochistan Assembly Secretary Muhammad Azam has been suspended over charges of misuse of powers.

According to a statement of the Balochistan Assembly Secretariat, Muhammad Azam was involved in recruiting three employees without merit. He was also allegedly involved in giving employment to the relatives of four members of the Balochistan Assembly and other influential people in the Secretariat. The suspended secretary also appointed his son in Grade-18. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned the suspended officer for further inquiry.

The NAB also arrested Balochistan Secretary Finance Mushtaq Raisani from the Civil Secretariat few days ago and recovered Rs730 million cash, jewellery worth Rs40 billion, bonds and property documents. Adviser to Balochistan Chief Minister on Finance Khalid Langu also resigned from his post after the arrest of Mushtaq Raisani.