No plots for taxpayers

Published: September 7, 2012
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LAHORE: Will the president, the prime minister, the public accounts committee or the chief justice take notice of how tax-paying members of the public are being harassed by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Islamabad? It is time citizens of Pakistan accept the reality that allotment of plots in Islamabad is for the exclusive benefit of the civil and khaki bureaucracy, pressure groups such as jurists, parliamentarians, etc. and not for the common taxpayers of Pakistan. In 1989, the CDA advertised the allotment of plots to the general public in sectors D12 and E12. Computerised balloting for the plots was held on August 31, 1989 and successful allottees were sent allotment letters in October 1990. Applicants for plots in Mehran sector E12 were mostly middle-class civilians. The last installment was to be paid at the time of possession, which has not materialised even after 23 years. It seems that the CDA is following its undeclared policy to ensure that the dream of ordinary citizens to own a plot in Islamabad never materialises. Scores of other housing schemes have come up since 1989, which were developed and their possession handed over to members of the paid elitist establishment.

In 2008, I again applied for the allotment of a plot in the DHA Valley, Islamabad and was very hopeful that the DHA, unlike the CDA, would not betray the trust of the public. Having paid the 11th installment in May 2011, I was told that the payment of the last installment is to be deferred till further advice from the DHA office. Before this development, fabulous newsletters had been sent informing us of the development work taking place at the DHA Valley. According to press reports, it has now emerged that the DHA was in partnership with Bahria Town, which was handling this project. This fact was never revealed to the general public, which had invested in a DHA project, not a Bahria Town project. Who is responsible for this betrayal of public trust?

Nighat Malik

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2012.

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  • Nadir
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:08PM

    You should congratulate yourself for subsidising the accumulation of wealth of our civil and military elite, for they beleive that they deserve to generate wealth at the tax payers expense. The money that was handed over by the DHA to BT has now disappeared, GHQ will not allow NAB to investigate it, so thats that.

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  • Truth Speaks
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:31PM

    President Zardari or Chief Justice should take to task CDA for denying to general public plots allotted to them when Benazir Bhutto was PM. As far as DHA Valley is concerned, the chief of army needs to take note of this scam where public was duped and now the notorious Bahria is incharge of their deposits.Recommend

  • Mir
    Sep 8, 2012 - 10:29AM

    This is what happens when states start FAILING. Instruments of state power join hands with crooks and conman to dupe and deprive citizens of hard earned money, which leads to total lack of trust between the people and state machinery, breakdown of power and lawlessnes, that we witness today. The CDA has become an organization to look after corrupt elite and land mafia. DHA had credibility which has been dashed by this greed for ill-gotten wealth. Thousands of expatriates are victim of DHA Valley scam, a joint venture of unauthorised DHA Islamabad and BT.

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  • Mir
    Sep 8, 2012 - 10:30AM

    This is a rip-off by CDA and Islamabad DHA

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  • Ahad
    Sep 8, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Time for the people to realize this is not the Quaid’s Pakistan and for us to ensure that we restore Pakistan to the welfare state envisioned by Father of Nation, instead of a state where neither people, nor their hard earned money, nor assets, neither lives are secure and state itself becomes party to plunder of its citizens. Almost every Chairman of CDA has been involved in scams worth billions and all of then fled this country after their daylight robberies to US or Canada etc whose nationalities they acquired. Now DHA Islamabad has joined this bandwagon of land mafia dons with their partnership of B-a-h-r-i-a. Sad but true.

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  • Amir Naveed
    Oct 5, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Why civil society does not take notice of these robbers? Is it not the violation of human rights? Where are the human right activist? At least Punjab government should take the notice of this scam. We don’t have any expectation from federal government. They are in spirit “Ali baba chalis chor”.

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