Jahangir Siddiqui case: Politically-motivated harassment alleged

Published: December 11, 2010

Sindh revenue department takes sweeping action on encroached land.

Allegations of illegal land occupation against Jahangir Siddiqui and his family are politically motivated and aim to intimidate and coerce Siddiqui to accept illegitimate demands of various politically connected persons, said a press release from the office of Jahangir Siddiqui.

The release aimed to clarify recently published news item regarding recovery of land from Siddiqui’s family, quoting claims from Ghanwar Leghari, director anti-corruption department, Sindh and Mustafa Jamal Qazi, additional executive district officer (AEDO) revenue, city district government Karachi (CDGK).

The land has neither been ‘illegally occupied’ nor wrested from the custody of Siddiqui or his family by any department, the release stated.

Divulging further, the release adds that the plot of land bearing no D-177, block 5, scheme 5, Clifton, Karachi was purchased at market rate in the name of Mahvash Jahangir Siddiqui, wife of Mr Siddiqui, after publication of prominent notices in major papers, vide transfer letter in 1997. Subsequently, the plot was transferred to their son, Ali Siddiqui, by way of a gift deed in 1998 and the lease was executed in his name in 2001. The property currently is in lawful possession of Ali Siddiqui, said the release.

The release further adds that a complaint was lodged by Syed Ejaz Ali Naveed, alleging he is the rightful occupant of the plot. An inquiry conducted by member (A&L), defunct Karachi development authority (KDA) in 2001 found documents presented by Mahvash Jahangir genuine and those submitted by Naveed bogus. The then director general KDA issued an order to register a criminal case for forgery to the police against Naveed but the matter was not pursued any further.

Later, Naveed approached army monitoring cell V corps (AMC) in 2002, and both Ali Siddiqui and Naveed were asked to appear before the district officer (land) CDGK to re-examine the matter and substantiate their claims on the land. At the hearing, among other officials, Mustafa Qazi, the current AEDO revenue, was present as a representative of the AMC.

The inquiry reconfirmed the earlier findings, declaring Ali Siddiqui’s title documents to the property as genuine, said the release. Copies of the inquiry were forwarded to all relevant authorities.

The release claims there are no other properties in the Siddiquis’ possession that is subject to any dispute and therefore the allegations appearing in the paper are false. Legal action is being initiated against persons responsible for this defamation, the release concludes.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 11th, 2010.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Naushad Shafkat
    Dec 11, 2010 - 2:05PM

    Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui is one of the most enterprising and forward looking businessman in the country. He was the first person to introduce the concept of corporate membership at the Karachi Stock Exchange when other laughed at the idea. Not only that he netted in the worlds best stock trading firm to partner him in setting up the first corporate member of the Karachi Stock Exchange. Besides that he has to his credit many firsts in the stock trading field. Allah has bestowed upon him more than he could have ever wished. This facade seems to be an amateur attempt to tarnish his image as Mr. Siddiqui would never stoop to such levels. This can be vouched for by all who know and work for him.Recommend

  • Khwaja Bhai
    Dec 11, 2010 - 4:46PM

    Aprofessional response from a professional man, who runs Pakistan’s most professional business house. Well done JS for setting the record straight. Wish it was enough to kill off this matter, but I doubt the government will stop here. Good luck and god bes for all the god work you have been doing for poor people in Pakistan. Recommend

  • M. Patel
    Dec 12, 2010 - 2:15AM

    Can not be true. Jahangir Siddiqui is very upright and forward looking business man and too big to do such stupid thing as being published . Pakistan will be rich if there are more business men like him. My own experience in dealings with his company has been an enriching experience. It is time that politicians of Pakistan learn to stop harassing people like Jahangir Siddiqui.Businessmen of his class increase prestige of the country. Recommend

  • imtiaz
    Dec 14, 2010 - 8:20AM

    If people like Mr Jehangir Siddiqui increase prestige of the country then can’t we have people like him at the helm of affairs in our country?????????Recommend

  • Sajid Iqbal
    Dec 24, 2010 - 10:47AM

    I really feel so sad when I hear that any person like JS is harassed by the so called patriot politicians to complete their own agenda irrespective of country demands. I like such businessmen who contribute to the nation through own sources and also attracting investments from foreigners but always here a bad luck for them ahead.Recommend

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