PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has arrested the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) Treasurer (BPS-19) Shafiqullah and Procurement Officer (BPS-18) Pir Asfandyar over alleged involvement in embezzlement of university funds.

The NAB KP said in a statement on Friday that the accused persons in connivance with Dr Ihsan Ali, Vice Chancellor AWKUM, illegally purchased sub-standard IT and Lab equipment, chemicals and furniture from their already selected blue-eyed contractors in criminal violation of government procurement laws.

The statement said the accused Pir Asfandyar being Procurement Officer in league with other accused misused his authority and illegally issued supply orders for the purchase of furniture on highly exorbitant rates, to the favourite bidder on already expired tender. Further, he allegedly maneuverer the procurement process for purchase of lab chemicals and IT and Lab equipment and illegally issued supply orders on highly exorbitant rates to his crony contractors. Accused Shafiqullah, on other hand, illegally processed bills of millions of rupees for these procurements. Thus the accused persons jointly and severely, in league with other accused, caused huge loss to public exchequer.

The NAB KP said it is actively the pursuing the investigation and more arrests are also expected. It said the accused will be produced before the Accountability Court for obtaining their physical remand to proceed further as per law.