Land scam: Rs17b made through ‘china cutting’ allegedly sent to MQM’s London secretariat

The statement comes from Rangers as they present a detained KDA official before court


Our Correspondent July 04, 2015
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KARACHI: In what appears to be yet another startling allegation against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Rangers officials told media that billions of rupees generated through land scams in the port city had been transferred to the party's London secretariat.

The statement came from the paramilitary force officials when they presented an official of the now defunct Karachi Development Authority (KDA) before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday.

Atif Ahmed, an assistant director at the KDA that was responsible for land development in the city, was arrested on the night of June 26 as the Rangers raided his residence in Malir's Liaquat Market area. Reportedly, the paramilitary force had also confiscated some documents from him. After that, Ahmed's whereabouts were unknown till Saturday.

The suspect, whose face was covered with a piece of cloth, was presented before the ATC-III. The hearing, which lasted for a couple of minutes only, took place inside the chamber of the judge, Saleem Raza Baloch. Since the proceedings remained secret, nothing could be known about what happened inside.

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However, a lawyer of the paramilitary force told journalists waiting outside the judge's chamber that the suspect, during initial interrogation, had confessed to committing several irregularities in the land development by the KDA.

He said that at least Rs17 billion made through 'china cutting' - a notorious term used to describe encroachment of public land, dividing it into smaller plots, selling them to people and getting them regularised illegally - were sent to MQM's international secretariat in London.

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The money, he added, was sent through a middleman, identified as Chunnu Mamoo, to a top leader of the party, Muhammad Anwar. However, none of the documents supporting this claim of Rangers was submitted to the court except for the detention order and jail warrant of the suspect.

After informing the court, the paramilitary force took the suspect into custody for three months under the special powers it enjoys following the enactment of the Pakistan Protection Act, for interrogation.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2015.

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COMMENTS (9)

Hammad | 5 years ago | Reply someone who is from karachi knows that it is rangers which is the biggest land mafia in the city along with police just recently the land grabbed illegally by rangers on the premises of karachi university and used for illegal business has been exposed
Afzal | 5 years ago | Reply @Salman - SK: Rangers are acting in line with what was agreed by all parties..... and enacted as law. To investigate crimes in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi is no child's play and in some cases 3 months may just be the right time course required to complete the necessary work. If we can not eliminate violence and corruption at this stage we will allow ourselves lapse into anarchy and all the associated dangers and consequences. unfortunately it does not take us long before we unleash talking about possible disintegration of the country using BD model again and again. Time is now to eliminate the rot which has weakened the country. Lack of action now could do us more damage. Remember 3 months are not spent only beating up the suspects but to collect credible evidence that can be presented in the court as many can go free despite good circumstantial proof.
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