Allotment of land: CDA officials to be probed

Over 17 acres ‘fraudulently’ allotted by CDA officials

Our Correspondent April 06, 2016
NAB chief Chaudhary and others at the meeting. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised an inquiry against officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), as well as others for allegedly allotting 17.3 acres of land worth Rs2 billion in the northern strip of the city, fraudulently.

Inquiry was sanctioned in an executive board meeting of the NAB, here on Wednesday, a press release said.

The allocation of land was made in sectors, F-11, E-12, and the Blue Area, allegedly in violation of rules.

Meanwhile, the board also authorised conducting multiple other investigations, and filing of a corruption case.

The meeting was headed by the NAB Chairperson, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry.

A decision was made to file a corruption reference against Sohail Altaf, ex-secretary  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Health Department, and others.

In this case, the accused are suspected of causing loss of around Rs16 million to the national exchequer.

The board also decided to authorise two more investigations.

An investigation was authorised against officials of the Foreign Ministry, and others.

The accused persons are suspected of corruption in the sale of the Embassy of Pakistan building in Jakarta.

Second investigation was sanctioned against officials of Sindh Information and Archives Department, and others. They are accused of misappropriation of funds in the advertisement section.

In the same case, the board approved voluntary return requests of Xnine Communications of Rs374.5 million and of Insync Advertisement of Rs83.6 million.

It was also decided to authorise two inquires in a case involving Sindh Police – first inquiry against officials of police in Sindh and officials of the Sindh AG Department, and others, for alleged misuse of authority, criminal breach of trust, and misappropriation of government funds; and the second against Sindh Police Department for allegedly making illegal appointments to the force.

In addition to the inquiry against the CDA officials for the alleged fraudulent allotment of land, the board also decided to authorise four other inquiries.

An inquiry was sanctioned against Haji Nawaz Kakar, ex-minister of Balochistan Development Authority, and others for alleged corruption.

A separate inquiry was authorised against management of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF), and others. The accused are suspected of illegal allotment of plots.

An inquiry was authorised against Foreign Ministry officials and others. The accused are suspected of corruption in the sale of the building of Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo.

The board also sanctioned an inquiry against officials of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) and others, for their alleged involvement in issuance of CNG licences in violation of rules.

Meanwhile, in a complaint verification case against Sindh Assembly Member Fayyaz Ali and others, the board decided to refer the case to the Sindh Anti-Corruption Establishment.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th,  2016.