Police foundation fraud: MNA agrees to refund Rs5.8 billion

Published: February 23, 2011
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Anjum Aqeel Khan

ISLAMABAD: In a major breakthrough, the man at the centre of a multi-billion-rupee fraud in the National Police Foundation (NPF) has agreed to pay back Rs5.8 billion in cash or kind following comprehensive investigations into the affair by a team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan has agreed to pay a sum of Rs5.8 billion to the NPF after his confession before an FIA joint investigation team that he had caused huge financial losses to the foundation as its real estate broker.

Aqeel Khan, who later joined politics in 2008, agreed to cough up the money two days before the hearing of the case in  the Supreme Court on February 24.

The written undertaking by Anjum Aqeel will be submitted before Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday. The MNA has given a written undertaking to the FIA team in Lahore after four days of comprehensive investigations. The chief justice had taken suo motu action in the case on the basis of a story filed in The Express Tribune on January 30.

Meanwhile, a former managing director of the NPF, Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, has also been summoned by the FIA team for investigations to Islamabad on Wednesday along with other high-ranking officials who were allegedly part of this fraud.

The Express Tribune had reported that a confidential official inquiry report, which was submitted to Federal Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry earlier this month, said that MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan was involved in a six-billion-rupee land fraud 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.

The interior ministry had constituted an inquiry to probe the scam and submit its report to the Supreme Court on Thursday. A joint investigation team comprising officials of the FIA and the National Police Foundation was formed which investigated the matter.

Anjum Aqeel and NPF officials sat face to face to reach a consensus as to how much loss was actually caused by Anjum Aqeel Khan. He then gave in writing to the FIA team that he would either hand over land worth Rs5.8 billion or make a cash payment to the Foundation to settle the eight year old dispute.

FIA official Zafar Qureshi told The Express Tribune that in the second phase of the inquiry, it would be examined as to who else had collaborated with the MNA to rob the foundation of its assets worth billions of rupees and cases would be registered against those found guilty of the crime.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2011.

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  • Aamir
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:18AM

    Secure the money, confiscate his property….make him an example for generations to come. Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:20AM

    Since he won from the capital , can he please be disqualified now ? and can someone look into the Golra Heights that he has built .. its a massively ugly structure and feels unstable too Recommend

  • Mirza
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Hats off to your paper and the FIA.

    Both MQM and PML-N are ethinic and regional parties. Unless they become truly national parties they have no chance to rule the country.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Excellent work by Zafar Qurashi. Rs5.8 billion refund is insufficient now. He should be made to pay up an equivalent amount in penalty to serve as punishment for his role in embezzlement plus do jail time. He used this money for 8 years, what about interest on it? Or is this interest free money? Don’t people find it disturbing that MNA’s of PLMN have so much money that they can arrange a refund within days. Its like having a cash printing machine at home. Shows the extent of fraud prevalent within our rapacious MNA lot. How much has this man (I don’t want to take his name) paid in taxes in the last 8 years? Why is FBR asleep at the switch? They are short in taxes, why don’t they damn well collect??. Why does IMF and Hillary Clinton have to admonish the nation repeatedly for not paying taxes?? Yet, FBR daily announces need to build a database, from NADRA etc., etc., Database is staring FBR right in their face. I think DGs FBR should also suffer financial penalties for allowing this to happen. In UK or USA all these people would be in jail. Nawaz Sharif too is part of this racket, as repeatedly PMLN politicians are surfacing in scams against the nation. Does he not do due diligence of all nominations for such positions? Sharif can’t claim that they did not know. Or is Sharif becoming another Mr. 10%. More like 20% the way scams are unraveling. Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Credit goes to our bold and upright journalist who hails from Seraiki area,where only Gillani and Qureshi makhdooms do not live.Otherwise this FIA man is also a Qureshi.Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:50AM

    I hope his confession and return of money doesn’t mean he goes scotch-free. Hopefully judiciary will still punish him to ensure that people like him don’t use it as example Recommend

  • Clean Pakistan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 10:00AM

    And this corrupt MNA is expected to remain a our lawmaker?Recommend

  • Hanif Awan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 10:24AM

    No,sir,how you can you point out THE MEMBER OF PIOUS PAAAAAAAAAAAARTY.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Feb 23, 2011 - 10:26AM

    If he is confessing to his crime, paying back is not enough. He should be thrown behind the bars.Recommend

  • SH
    Feb 23, 2011 - 10:42AM

    What a fantastic catch. Just looking at the guy you’d think he was dirty but you wouldn’t imagine he was sitting on 6 billion rupees! Chalk another success up to the FIA…they seem to be on a bit of a roll.
    However, I’d be quite thoroughly disgusted if, between the court and the joint investigation team, this scumbag get to go free by just paying back what he robbed. Do bank robbers get a similar deal? I mean I’d gladly become a thief if all I had to do to clear my name was return most of the money (6 billion stolen, 5.8 billion returned; that’s 200 million pocketed!!).
    Jail time!! Give him jail time too!!Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 23, 2011 - 10:59AM

    PML(N) should kick this fraudster out from the party and also take his MP seat.
    He is well known as land mafia and thug in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
    Nawaz Sharif must cleanse his party from black sheeps like this thug!!Recommend

  • Javaid Ahmed
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:06AM

    This is how they redeem their 1crore spent on election campaign wake up people dont vote these creatures in the next elections.Recommend

  • Waqas Rao
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:39AM

    This is first good news of the week, imagine 5.8 billion rupees. This guy like our cricketers should be banned from politics. Recommend

  • saddy ex
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:42AM

    and how about letting the patch of road in front of plazas get constructed? without your commission…. Recommend

  • No BS
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:54AM

    Shocking, he made a killing fleecing the NPF and then entered politics to avoid persecution. Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Shame on all politicians,,,,
    no one in sincere with the peoples of Pakistan,,
    We salute you Mr.Cheif Justice…

    We hate all of politicians..Recommend

  • Muslim khan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Every Rise has it’s fall ,,,
    It’s ground reality proved by the every measure of time..
    In Pakistan Corruption is on it’s peak & the time for it’s fall is not very far away.
    All these peoples have to clear their objects .what they have done for the peoples of Pakistan,for the peace of Pakistan…
    We need revolution thought,,to get rid all these Devils .. Recommend

  • Kamran
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:16PM

    6 Billion Rupees??? One guy takes away 6 BN rupees from our people??? R u kidding me!
    Why are we not getting out in the streets to avenge what these politicians are doing to our country? Why can we not be like Libyans or Egyptians or Tunisians and try to take our country back from corrupt politicians and nut case maulvis? Is there a moderate uprising coming soon?Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:23PM

    What steps would the government take against his parliamentarian position? PML-N must kick the corrupt MNA out of their party and he must be banned for life from participating in any kind of elections.Recommend

  • umair
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:29PM

    refunding money isnt enough,,,,he should be penalised,,,,cRecommend

  • frizz
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:47PM

    hats off for rauf saab. Recommend

  • frizz
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:52PM

    how can pml-n kick this MNA? mostly MNAS and MPAs of leading political parties are corrupt and mind you these kind of highly corrupt members are the back bone of political parties.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:54PM

    As now he admits that he done corruption he should be appreciated soo the rest of them should also think like himRecommend

  • sarim
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:56PM

    just the other day Nawaz Sharif was bragging in a public gathering that his party consisted of pious and honest people. This scandle flies in the face of Nawaz Sharif’s claim. Mian Sahib should immediately kick out this man from his party and let the nation know who billioners in party, including his family, accumulate such huge wealth. The SC should also set up sommittee to inquire into the wealth of PPP, PML-N, MQM, JUI and other parties’ leaders. It should also show enough courage and investigate as to how our generals amassed huge properties.Recommend

  • Omar Waleed
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Only in Pakistan will someone like a federal capital’s ‘lawmaker’ feel exonerated just because he returned peanuts from a pot of gold he bagged through years of manipulation and fraud. His property ought to be confiscated and he should be placed on the exit control list before being jailed for all that gets proven against him. Letting him scot free just because he returned a mere 5.8 billion will just ensure he bags atleast twice as much when he’s back in office.
    About time someone also investigates the ugly high rise buildings he’s constructed in clear violation of CDA’s laws and the terrible accidents and trouble he’s caused to all the residents for refusing to allow construction of a road patch in front of his palza’s for want of ‘commission’ Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:01PM

    PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan has agreed to pay back a sum of Rs5.8 Billion —— good news!

    PML – N with its Leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif has the greatest number of crooks in this party and are sitting in our parliaments. Look at the amount of money just this one MNA from PML-Nawaz has fraudulantly accumulated, a true follower of his leaders, when this small fish has an appetite for this kind of huge amount of money ——- imagine ——- the leaders’ actvities and what it might be costing us the helpless and the poor of this unfortunate country. I say, get them all!Recommend

  • Asif
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Look at the face of this criminal , illitrate proterty dealer, PML-NMA looter . NAWAZ should be uprooting this corruption in his own party tthan giving PPP 10 points agenda. Both are looters np matter which party. This criminal should never come out of jail if court give true judgement.Recommend

  • ihtisham khan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:07PM

    oh thats ok..stealin money is not a problem as long as he is not a past cricketer….these are the kind of politicians we want…thats ok..Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:15PM

    Punish him.Arrest him.
    Seriously mere return of money and the culprit going Scot free is now becoming a joke.
    He should be put behind barRecommend

  • Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Now he must resigned or disqualified…
    PMLN always raise corruption slogans on PPP though they are more corrupt then them, though PPP is not fair too..Recommend

  • Afridi
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:21PM

    Will Nawaz Sharif kick him out of his party and MNA-ship as he oft-repeatedly advises others Parties? Double standards! Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2011 - 1:25PM

    The Govt and to a certain extent the judiciary has accepted that the people who commit fraud either by telling lies that they have a degree or are corrupt are the true people who should be sitting in the parliament discussing and debating law to put the country on to the straight path. I am wondering if jali degree people can sit in the parliament than if I get a jali MBBS degree than I should be allowed to practice medicine, with no consequences. Recommend

  • Skhurram
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Thrown behind the bars is not an PERFECT example. All corrupt people should be hanged till dead.
    Sharif brothers where are you? Why are you not talking on this issue? Are you waiting to see public response?
    Sorry to say we all are corrupt.
    JESE AAMAL WASE HUKUMRANRecommend

  • Analyser
    Feb 23, 2011 - 1:59PM

    While the push for austerity measures and eradication for corruption is laudable, Nawaz Sharif should first get his own house in order. So many scandals of his party representatives in the last 3 years, highlighting the fact that people enter this field only to make hay while the sun shines. Anjum Aqeel’s assets should be confiscated, every last one, and he and his ilk should be thrown out of the country. Keeping these parasites in the country does us no good, as they will breed and impart same corrupt values to future generations.Recommend

  • ali
    Feb 23, 2011 - 2:12PM

    why is he not behind the bar. if he was from ppp he would have been behind the bar.when is cheif jusice sending him to jail.
    Recommend

  • Optimistic
    Feb 23, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Good start!Recommend

  • Wajahat Ali
    Feb 23, 2011 - 3:13PM

    I think most of the people above are missing the point that this guy is returning the money and we should appreciate that!! .PMLN is far better than all other political parties and I hope Mian sb will kick this guy out of his party to set yet another example which is missing in all dual face political parties in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2011 - 3:35PM

    @ali: Mr. Ali very sorry to see your comment that if this MNA was from PPP he would have been behind the bar. Did PPP refused to give tickets to MNA who lied about his degree no they gave him the ticket to stand again. Recommend

  • shazia
    Feb 23, 2011 - 3:37PM

    This MNA should be made an example of. Why this deal??? The Supreme Court should deliver justice and not soday bazi!Recommend

  • Ijaz
    Feb 23, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Such people should be tried and punished not freed. Minimum punishment for them should be confiscation of all their property and disqualification for life from holding any public office.Recommend

  • jz
    Feb 23, 2011 - 4:46PM

    He should be put behind the bars and disqualified for life from holding any public office. His party should be fined heavily for awarding ticket to a crook. I agree that PML-N has rounded up the worst amongst the lot to represent the party in the parliament. Recommend

  • Copper
    Feb 23, 2011 - 4:55PM

    Step 1. Do a robbery
    Step 2. Simply return if you get caught. (highly unlikely)

    An incentive for robbers if he is not sent to jail with heavy penaltyRecommend

  • Feb 23, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Hold on, how does someone pay back such a large amount “in kind”. So if you return ill gotten wealth you can pay it back and get away scot free?Recommend

  • S Asghar
    Feb 23, 2011 - 5:45PM

    @Billoo Bhaya:
    Billoo i agree with you.I bet that US Embassy must have issued them Immigration visas to settle in America with our looted money.other wise they refuse vises to people likeus who have not looted.Recommend

  • Wajahat Ali
    Feb 23, 2011 - 5:51PM

    @Arshad Majeed:
    My point was not meant to salvage this guy but to mention the attitude of PPP lead government!they treat people according to their power and status!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Feb 23, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Where is he going to get the cash from?

    Is he a registered income tax payer?Recommend

  • Aamir
    Feb 23, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Why he is dealt with soft hands? Why PML-N has not expelled him till today? Both PPP and PML-N are bathing in corruption pool and enjoying their time in power.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:19PM

    And He is still walking free. Amazing. Only in Pakistan !!!! Recommend

  • Fawad Ali Shah
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:29PM

    Hats off to CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry. I am glad i was part of the struggle. You have proved that struggle for justice pays you dividends in the long run.Recommend

  • zeruk
    Feb 24, 2011 - 12:20AM

    hats off to rauf and hats off to judiciary as well,who took suo moto of the issue.media and judiciary are our hope.zafar qureshi,you are great son of the landRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Feb 24, 2011 - 12:46PM

    He is being very kind by returning the stolen money. What about the profit he has been earning on that huge amount ? He should be also be disqualified and arrested for the fraud he committed. Or being an MNA from PML-N gives him a wavier??? Recommend

  • frizz
    Feb 24, 2011 - 10:49PM

    no doubt, CJ deserved to be restored. we feel proud of him.Recommend

  • syed zubair hussain
    Feb 24, 2011 - 10:58PM

    hats off to the supreme court chief justice iftikhar chaudary and the fia investigating team.but he should not be spared and he should be sent to jail along with his partners and all the affectees should be handed over their plots,not cash coz he has already made billions by that money.and whats the use of getting cash after 7 long years of waiting to get posesion of our plots inspite of givivg full payment.Recommend

  • Cheema
    Feb 25, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Where is our so called independent judiciary?Recommend

  • Ahsan Shahzad
    Feb 26, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Make this guy go to jail now! There is no pride in returning back the looted money of the state.Recommend

  • Tariq Ahmad
    Feb 26, 2011 - 9:02AM

    He should not only give the money back plus interest and penalties, he should spend at least 25 years in prisonRecommend

  • Babar Shafi
    Mar 1, 2011 - 12:28PM

    We were among the people who voted for him as live in the NA-48 contstituency. We voted him for the sake of PML(N) but he really proved a irresponsible individual. He hasn’t even worked for his area, people living in this area are still living in stoneages just 2km away from GT Road. Now these news are shocking. I don’t know why PML(N) leadership has asked him to resign like they did before.
    Rauf Klasra “Good Work”.Recommend

  • saeed malik
    Mar 5, 2011 - 6:23AM

    The majority of pakistani people do ot know that this man took people’s money in 2002 and almost 10 years later his apartment complex KHUDADAD HEIGHTS IN E11-ISLAMABAD is still NOT finished. NO work was done on this project for over 3 years.
    Over 700 people have been ROBBED of their life savings. Will FIA and NAB investigate this?Will Tribune take up and investigate this property scam?
    This ANJUM AQEEL KHAN is STILL selling apartments in this project almost 10 years on from when building work first started. How can the goverment of pakistan let this happen? When will these apartment be ever finished, Mr ANJUM AQEEL KHAN, now that you have paid allthis money back to the government??Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 5, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Anjum Aqeel Khan is a great leader.These issues are being made just to destroy his political carear but the people who made this issue do not know that he is leader of public and these thigs can not do any thing to his popularity.
    Khan has not accepted this and they who made this issue should plese now prove it or if they can not then should resign from their postsRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 5, 2011 - 1:49PM

    Sir now people are living in KHUDADAD HIGHTS.Work was late just becausec of buisness crises.Anjum Khan is here for every thing and if any thing will be proved he will be there to answer he has not left the country like [email protected] malik: Recommend

  • saeed malik
    Mar 6, 2011 - 6:07AM

    Ahmed, KHUDADAD HEIGHTS apartments complex in E11 ISLAMABAD, when or ever will it be COMPLETED??
    how many people are living there now? NONE to be precise.
    Why thousands of workmen NOT employed to finish the apartments??
    This is another SCAM BY ANJUM AQEEL KHAN which needs investgating by FIA, NAB and CDA.
    The government has a duty to protect investors in his scam.
    Why NO pictures on his LAND LINKERS site showing building progress and as Ahmed claims to show people living there??Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:33AM

    Saeed,Brother you can see in Khudadad Hights people are living there.I can also upload photos of the building and I will upload the photos on google soon.
    No doubt the project is late due to buisness crises as you know the earthquake has caused crises but Anjum Khan has not gone any where he is here and if any liability is proved on him he will be bouned of the courts decision.
    I am just trying to say that we should not only hear ane side and make our mind about the issue or say some one guilty but we should hear both sides and then give our view and in this case no one has taken the view of Anjum Khan.Recommend

  • rehan chaudery
    Mar 10, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Ahmed no one live at apartments. Little work last 5 years and very few builders doing work.
    Most flats finish in 3 years. Anjum Khan’s project 10 years and still NO finish. People will not vote for him. Recommend

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