Secret probe implicates MNA in Rs6 billion scam

Published: January 30, 2011
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MNA Aqeel Anjum Khan

MNA Aqeel Anjum Khan

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentarian from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) made a fortune through fraudulent land deals with the help of senior officials of the National Police Foundation (NPF), Islamabad, documents with The Express Tribune showed.

A confidential inquiry report, which was submitted before Federal Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry earlier this month, said that a member of the National Assembly, Anjum Aqeel Khan, is involved in a six-billion-rupee land scam in which he was aided by four former NPF officials, including former managing director Iftikhar Ahmed Khan. Others named in the report are former housing additional directors Abdul Hannan, Khuda Baksh and Laeeq Ahmed Khan.

Before Aqeel won a National Assembly seat in 2008 on a PML-N ticket, he acted as a ‘broker’ for the NPF through his M/S Land Linkers. His job was to find land for the foundation’s residential colony.

The report alleges that Aqeel had hundreds of NPF housing colony’s plots allotted to his nominees without any formal agreement. The NPF allotted these plots in accordance with the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) 54:46 formula, which governs the affiliation of private land with government housing schemes.

According to the formula, a private landowner has to surrender and provide 46 per cent of his land for roads and streets. Aqeel was allotted 162 kanals of developed land and, as per this ratio, he has to provide 300 kanals. To date, he has provided only 71 kanals and he is yet to provide 229 kanals on account of affiliation of land and an additional 100 kanals on account of double purchase, the report says.

Now, however, Aqeel is accused of fraud as he has allegedly not transferred 329 kanals of land to the NPF. He is also facing charges of selling 39 kanals of land to the NPF a number of times.

Newly-appointed NPF MD Zafar Ahmed Qureshi, who also holds the dual charge of the chief of NPF, said: “I will look into the … matter and those found guilty will not be spared,” he said.

MNA Aqeel Anjum Khan, later, acknowledged that he had arranged the land on behalf of the NPF but denied causing any loss to the NPF or being part of any such scam. “I made deals with the NPF till 2002 but after that, I did not enter into any land deal with them,” he said.

Aqeel claimed that a NPF officer had demanded money from him but he had refused, following which this report was compiled against him. “[NPF Estate Director] Shahid Iqbal has himself given me a clearance certificate which establishes that fact that I do not owe anything to the foundation,” he claimed.

However, when The Express Tribune contacted Iqbal, he challenged the claim that Aqeel had been given a clearance certificate. He said that he had documentary evidence of the fraud committed by Aqeel in connivance with former NPF officials. He said he has already sent an inquiry report to the interior ministry.

The report says that under an agreement, Aqeel was purchasing land for NPF. On May 16, 2002, he requested affiliation of 75 kanals and submitted a list of 178 nominees. The NPF accepted the requested and allotted 41 kanals to 120 of his nominees. On August 25, 2003, he again requested affiliation of 60 kanals and NPF allotted 33 kanals to his nominees. However, to-date, he has not transferred any land to the NPF. He has not submitted any revenue papers or even a rough map of the land.

On April 29, 2004, Aqeel again requested for affiliation of 50 kanals without proper documentation and 40 kanals of developed land were allotted to his nominees.

Then, on September 9, 2004, Aqeel surrendered 20 allotment letters and requested the authorities for commercial conversion of the area for building flats.

However, he had surrendered only allotment letters since no land was available. But, the request was accepted and 48 kanals, which previously belonged to SSP Nawaz Kiani, former inspector general Chaudhary Manzoor and his wife, and other police officers, were allotted to Aqeel even though he had not asked or paid for it, and neither had he transferred it in the name of the NPF. This piece of land is currently worth Rs4 billion.

As per the NPF’s records, all four of Aqeel’s requests are on his letterhead. It says that Aqeel successfully sold these plots and made good money by “surrendering fictitious letters as a goodwill gesture” and even commercial areas were allotted on his letterhead to different parties.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Clean Pakistan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:27PM

    Our lawmakers are masters of fraud and embezzlement… this guy must go to jail and be slapped with a lifetime ban on taking any public office…Recommend

  • parvez
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:33PM

    This is not corruption it is outright loot and plunder.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:05PM

    So thats how Mr.NSwaz Sharif is going to breing revolution .
    He has with him in the bandwagon fake degree holder lawmakers , Crdit card scammer Shumaila Rana , Rana Snaullah like extremeist , wow People of Punjab needs to reconsider their mandate .Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:29PM

    PML(N) Zindabad. He should be arrested immediately and punished without any delay plus the illegal gains should be recovered from him.Recommend

  • Imran Akbar
    Jan 30, 2011 - 3:38PM

    This is a test for the CJ whether he will take a suo moto in this case. Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 4:31PM

    One more  addition in the list of numbers of corrupt  MNAs and MPAs of PML N,that shows the criterion approach of the PML N,s leadership.36 cases of sharief family is unopen because of the political necessity of zardari and biased judiciary which is so much in favour of Nawaz Sharief that a common man like me can easily feel !)Recommend

  • hassan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Musharraf is a class apart!.. far honest than these crooks.Recommend

  • khurram kaleem
    Jan 30, 2011 - 5:54PM

    The media is discrediting itself by giving half investigated stories.

    why would a 6 billion scam be a secret probe presented to information minister

    The media should stand by its stories and not malign political parties as a set agenda

    PML tool action against its MPA on credit card fraud which was later proven to be false by the courts.Was any action taken against any media person Recommend

  • D.Khan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 6:22PM

    good job Rauf KlasraRecommend

  • salim
    Jan 30, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Suo Moto? No this will not happen!Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jan 30, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Once again excellent job Rauf Klasra.
    The government should confiscate all the assets of this MNA and make sure that he is left begging for food on the streets.Recommend

  • imram
    Jan 30, 2011 - 6:59PM

    This man must be taken to task and Nawaz Sharif be asked to expel him from his Party of the CLEANSRecommend

  • nasir
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:18PM

    there will be no suo moto from cheif justice on this corruption, cj only takes action against ppp. there will be no action against pmln.
    Recommend

  • abubakr
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:28PM

    impressive investigation by rauf saab. Recommend

  • wahab
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:09PM

    Imran Khan is the only non corrupt politician left who has never being involved in a single corruption case.. n Punjab’s mandate is not PML N.. People are already considering their mandate and many supporting PTI. Its time people in Karachi also reconsider their mandate and stop playing in hands of a british citizen ..ALtaf!Recommend

  • nasir
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:28AM

    when is chief justice taking sue moto , we are waiting for that. this is a test for sc .if cj dont take action we will be sure that he is on pmln side.Recommend

  • abbas
    Jan 31, 2011 - 2:24AM

    my family lost their life savings in mr aqeel’s e-11 apartments scam called khudadad heights. they were due to be constructed by the end of 2007 and they still have not been delivered. millions from us given to him. i dont expect our money to returned much the less even an apology as him and his cronies beligerient and hostile attitude has much to desire of a human being much the less an mna. Recommend

  • nasir
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:17AM

    come on chief justice, where is sue motoRecommend

  • Sumaan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:24AM

    Again an amazing find! Rauf Klasra is the only author here that looks being focused on real issues rather than extremely controversial ones, and the ones that are partially fabricated by reporters/journalists/authors to defame Islam.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 9:13AM

    The Culprit, if proved in court of law, must be hanged.Recommend

  • Noor
    Jan 31, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Revered Chief Justice sb

    Pakistan is watching you.

    Don’t disappoint us, please!Recommend

  • Nazar
    Jan 31, 2011 - 11:24AM

    PML(N) Should immediately sack this man from their party to show the public that their demand of corruption free Pakistan is real. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:55PM

    @Clean Pakistan:
    I agree with you 100%Recommend

  • nasir
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:42PM

    COME ON CHIEF JUSTICE WHERE IS SUO MOTO, ITS OK IF HE IS FROM PMLN. Recommend

  • nasir
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:44PM

    if he was from ppp he would have been in court today answring hostile questions from khalil ramday.Recommend

  • Farooq
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Golra’s proud son is in trouble!!!!

    Muhahahah… nt really. Let’s see what our beloved CJ can do about that.Recommend

  • abubakr
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:39PM

    @hassan
    really? thanks for breaking this amazing news. we are obliged.Recommend

  • Zazi
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:46PM

    @Salman Orangiwala:
    right on Salman. That’s how the Sharif family operates. Good that we see what they are made off, making themselves ineligible for elections.Recommend

  • Feb 2, 2011 - 10:50PM

    mna anjum aqeel khan is a very fair man ye tamam bata ppp ki sazish ha Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Feb 3, 2011 - 1:14PM

    He is the same goon who attacked a school teacher in Islamabad just because the school teacher refused to admit the boy refereed by him.How can he be a fair person after all he is an MNA & that too of PML( N)???!!!!Recommend

  • saeed malik
    Feb 5, 2011 - 8:09AM

    I along with over 600 other Pakistani citizens invested our life savings in E 11 Khudadad Heights apartments complex in Islamabad. The apartments are over 5 years overdue. This is a scam or not? No progress photos on their site LAND LINKERS or any completion date. Why this MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan is allowed to “sell” further apartments in this scheme and on Land Linkers site. Why Pakistan government allow this schemes where no work was done over a 3 year period.
    Is there a website for E11 Khudadad Heights investors to group together and expose this scam? Recommend

  • Farooq
    Feb 8, 2011 - 2:25AM

    @ Saeed Malik:
    Are you kidding me? The beloved MNA doesn’t even know how to talk; a website is outta question. I know him personally though. You want to get in touch with LL I’ll give you their address.Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 22, 2011 - 11:25PM

    With that being said, the man is not being arrested. Why isn’t he behind bars? Secondly, Pakistan has the procedures when it comes to the law. A man can steal billions give it back and not get arrested. In civilized countries an admission of guilt does not mean you are free from jail time. Ask Bernie Madoff. Recommend

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