LAHORE - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Punjab claimed on Monday to have arrested seven officials of Pakistan Customs in an abuse of power and illicit personal gains case worth Rs 185 million.

A spokesman of the Bureau said that accused, in connivance with directors of M/S Al-Shamsher Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, caused loss to the national exchequer to the tune of Rs185 million through evading duty by misusing and violating the conditions of the concessionary SROs during 1997 to 2003.

The accused persons used to import raw material and sell it in the open market on high prices instead of using it for the required purposes under the laid down conditions. In doing so, the accused committed the offences of corruption and corrupt practices, misuse of authority and causing loss to the national exchequer.

The accused Amir Rashid Sheikh, arrested from Karachi, will be first brought to Lahore on interim remand and will then be produced before the Accountability Court Lahore in due course of time for obtaining his physical remand. All the other accused shall later be produced before Accountability Court Lahore for obtaining their physical remand.

Those arrested included Addl collector customs, Karachi (the then deputy collector customs, Lahore) Amir Rasheed Shaiek, ex-assistant collector customs, Lahore Muhammad Tufail, ex-superintendent customs, Lahore Khalid Mehmood, inspector Inland Revenue, Lahore (the then inspector customs and central excise, Lahore) Muhammad Afzal Dogar, inspector Inland Revenue, Lahore (the then inspector customs and central excise, Lahore) Muhammad Akram, inspector customs, Lahore (the then inspector customs and central excise, Lahore) Sheikh M. Nadeem Latif, and inspector customs, Lahore (the then inspector customs and central excise, Lahore) Syed Ali Abbas.