ISLAMABAD: The weapon used in the suspected suicide of Khurram Humayun, director of the premier accounting office, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), has been submitted to the Punjab Forensic Science Department.
In the civil bureaucracy, the unexpected death of a high-profile bureaucrat has caused debate.
About a few years later, Mr Humayun was elevated to BS-22. In March 2022, he was expected to resign.
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According to his superiors, in addition to the pending reference in the Islamabad Accountability Court against him, Mr. Humayun was also irritated by a continuing departmental investigation into recent postings and promotions under his administrative supervision.
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The gun used in the suspected suicide shot two bullets, as per the original police investigation; one struck a window while the other broke the head of the cop.
Police sources claim that Mr. Humayun shot the bullet at the windows, likely in order to test the weapon.
Five general accountants are headed by the CGA: Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh. Since the office deals with the cash flow and release of funds to the federal as well as the provincial governments, the post is considered prized and strong.
A CGA office official said that Mr. Humayun was under immense stress over the posting and transition investigation that was carried out during September. Although he and his other colleagues had been cleared by an initial investigation undertaken by a junior officer, someone reported this matter to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as a complaint that was in the process of verification.
When approached, NAB spokesman Nawazish Ali Asim expressed ignorance about the reception of such a complaint. However, he claimed that Mr. Humayun was nominated as the accused in the suspected graft reference of the former chair of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
He noted that, in the light of the Supreme Court’s observations in 2013, the BISP investigation was launched. He further claimed that Mr. Humayun was summoned by the inquiry office in 2018 to record his statement and a reference was lodged before the accountability court in June 2020 in this case.
According to Mr Asim, no NAB officer has ever approached Mr Humayun since 2018.
The NAB reference was to an alleged embezzlement of Rs1.657 billion where the BISP top administration awarded an unlawful contract to an advertisement agency involving the then chairperson, Farzana Raja, and several other accused, including Mr Humayun, in 2009-11.
At the time, Mr. Humayun was the Director General of Accounting at BISP. The relation alleges that in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, the BISP awarded contracts to advertisement firms amounting to Rs1.647bn in breach of the Public Procurement Laws. It was further alleged that the Rs1.467bn market was awarded to one advertisement firm out of the said Rs1.647bn.
Mr Humayun’s former colleague told Dawn that Mr Humayun also had several problems, including several domestic concerns, in addition to this scenario.
The father of Mr. Humayun was the publisher of a local newspaper that was suspended about three decades ago over financial problems.
He was a director of the Pakistan Audit and Accounting Service (PAAS) and was Pakistan’s senior officer and next in line to be Pakistan’s Auditor General.