Probe ordered into Zia govt's plot allotments

Published: November 4, 2010
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The plots were allotted to six military officers during General Ziaul-Haq's tenure.

The plots were allotted to six military officers during General Ziaul-Haq's tenure.

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered a probe into plot allotments by former president General Ziaul Haq.

During a meeting held in Islamabad, the committee ordered an inquiry into six plots, allotted during General Ziaul Haq’s tenure. These plots were allotted to six military officers in Islamabad including the Air Marshall and Air Vice Marshall in 1982.

The committee has directed the lease of 4,000 acres of land to be cancelled, and returned to the Sindh government.

Meanwhile, concerned authorities have been directed to consult the law ministry regarding the recovery procedure of these plots.

Plots allotted by the current government in violation of official policy to judicial officers and journalists have recently made the headlines. The Express Tribune recently reported that 16 judges of the Supreme Court were quietly allotted residential plots worth millions of rupees each in Islamabad’s expensive sectors over the last two years (2008-2010) on the direct orders of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat under a scheme somewhat incredulously called the “Prime Minister’s Assistance Package”.

Another report in The Express Tribune recently revealed that the PAC was in possession of a list of 172 journalists who were given plots in the federal capital in line with their two per cent quota in G-13 and G-14 sectors. The five-year-old list was then submitted to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, after he had ordered the housing ministry to submit the list of plots allotted to bureaucrats, judges, politicians, and journalists since 1996.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Nov 4, 2010 - 1:13PM

    Not to mention dishing out plush property in Islamabad, so that one could setup Chinese Restaurants on it. Read: China TownRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 4, 2010 - 1:26PM

    A very good step but what about those, including your own leadership which earned more than anyone in the history of Pakistan through different SROs amd manipulations of different set rules and regulations. I hope that people and industrial houses/multinationals which benefited all along that period will also brought to justice. Please do not target any specific individual or organization and also do not protect those whose name has already appeared in this news paper who got not even one plot but two. So, sir go ahead. Net in all.Recommend

  • Think therefore
    Nov 4, 2010 - 4:38PM

    Bloody farce…. if you come after me… I’ll come after you… all property in excess of personal use in Pakistan needs to confisicated and taxed on a prohibitively high rate…

    We need a Maoist revolution here….Recommend

  • Arachnid
    Nov 25, 2010 - 10:49AM

    @Think therefore: so the Maoists can then save the country, yes? To refer to a joke found in declassified Stasi files, what happens when communists take over the desert? There would be a sand shortage in a month.Recommend

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