Face-off: Malik Riaz exposes gang of extortionists

Published: July 23, 2015
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Malik Riaz Hussain. PHOTO FILE

Malik Riaz Hussain. PHOTO FILE

Malik Riaz Hussain. PHOTO FILE Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz and his lawyer Babar Awan talk to the media after lodging a complaint against a gang of extortionists. PHOTO: NNI
ISLAMABAD: 

Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz has presented the video of a gang of extortionists which is using the name of courts and other respected institutions for its nefarious aims.

The footage shows Col (retd) Tariq Kamal, who was fired from the Defence Housing Authority, taking Rs50 million as extortion in 2013.

The video shows Kamal taking oath on the Holy Quran that he would withdraw all cases against Malik Riaz after taking Rs50 million. “It is my responsibility to withdraw the cases I have filed against Bahria Town,” Kamal was seen making this statement in the video. “You will have no complaints neither from the court nor the lawyer,” he said.

Regarding the suo motu case in the courts, the extortionist said that he would personally go and give statement that Bahria Town has nothing to do with the issue.

Property tycoon and philanthropist Malik Riaz, in his written statement, said that the second member of the gang is Khalid Rasheed, a dishonourably discharged colonel of Pakistan Army. The Bahria Town chief presented documentary proof that Rasheed was dismissed on December 14, 2000 for tampering with service record.

As per documents, Rasheed was also guilty of forging documents to acquire a plot from DHA Karachi, beating up his orderly, denying shaving allowance to recruits and taking unauthorised credit from army unit canteen.

Moreover, the accused presented himself as a brigadier while registering a car. Pakistan Army had thrown out Khalid Rasheed when these charges were proven.

Army has its own system of reward and punishment on which the present COAS Gen Raheel Sharif has ordered strict compliance, for which he has earned respect of not only the armed forces but the whole nation which wants to see accountability in civilian institutions too.

Malik Riaz said that he has stood up to the extortionists and blackmailers for the sake of the people who have put their trust in Bahria Town. “I am not worried about myself only, but the hundreds and thousands of people who have put their lifesavings in Bahria Town projects. When blackmailers and extortionists bring forth scandals in the media, it hurts the legal interest of people having direct or indirect employment, trade or business with Bahria Town,” he said.

Blackmailers and extortionists who exploit the names of respected personalities and institutions for their nefarious designs should be exposed before the world, he said. “I have full faith in Allah Almighty who has always helped me and the prayers of the poor people that kept me going…I will continue to make my contribution in the progress of my country and I am willing to sacrifice everything I have for my country and its defence and the brave soldiers who are its dauntless defenders,” Malik Riaz said.

The conversation in the video went on like this:

Tariq: I have the Holy Quran in front of me and keeping Allah as witness (hazir-o-nazir) I assure you that it is my responsibility to withdraw the cases I have filed against you.

Malik: That’s alright. It is up to you take it or not (addressing Khalil) after today…

Tariq: It is my responsibility you won’t have any complaint.

Malik: If you have any complaint than do one thing.

Tariq: I will have lot of complaints.

Malik: Listen to me if you have any complaint than do one thing.

Khalil: (putting cash laden bag before Tariq) Sir brought it from Bahria Town.

Malik: Keep it on the chair.

Tariq: (Looking at the cash) Sir where I will carry it around.

Khalil: Sir I will drop it.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Jul 23, 2015 - 9:00AM

    Its obvious that the army did not do enough to punish such a menial crook and he (blackmailer) is least afraid of the consequences. Let’s pray we see justice coming surely and swiftly. SalamsRecommend

  • Pindiwal
    Jul 23, 2015 - 9:04AM

    Consider this an outcome of what Zardari had threatened for!

    Let me also add that Malik Raiz himself a country’s biggest land grabber who uses/used gang and criminal to grab poor people’s land e.g. bahria town pindi, bahria enclave Isb and bahria golf city. Recommend

  • Aboo John
    Jul 23, 2015 - 9:24AM

    And he realuzed this after 2 years?
    Give us a break Malik saab! -_-Recommend

  • Nazir Raja
    Jul 23, 2015 - 9:33AM

    It is very difficult to believe or condamed immediately and will narrated in next couple of daysRecommend

  • Rumormonger
    Jul 23, 2015 - 9:49AM

    Fired from DHA…. dishonorable discharge! What else you could expect from such crooks.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:04AM

    Malik Riaz is the king of crooks. He has gathered unlimited wealth through male practices and tries to justify it throgh chariltable work. Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:22AM

    The headline clearly shows one side of the picture. Malik Riaz is trying to buy few individuals and that is a crime too. Recommend

  • kemal
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:36AM

    Well those black sheeps need to be tried by army cours and be give an examplery punishment to such rouge officers; such officers ‘re nothing but very bad influence not only for the army but also for the whole nation.Recommend

  • Ali khan
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:38AM

    The right question is y did he pay them at all instead of following legal recourse unless he had something to hide like a big skeleton in his closetRecommend

  • nadeem
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:46AM

    This looks like politics within the family of crooks. It is common for a thief to blackmail another thief. Let them both finish each other off. Recommend

  • Brar
    Jul 23, 2015 - 11:43AM

    @Ali khan: I have watched an interview of Mr Malik Riaz with Saleem Safi Zirga, where he admitted time and again that I have to bribe for doing the business from Santri to Mantri/Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:09PM

    Operation ‘Eent se Eent bajao’ (Phase 1)Recommend

  • Viking Star
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:19PM

    If Malik Riaz is so clean, why would he offer so much money to have cases withdrawn? Those who took bribe should be taken to task along with Malik Riaz. M.R. seems to be throwing money just everywhere to get land allotments illegaly, why was he so close to Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaoudhry and his son Arsalan? Why did he pay him crores of rupees? If the govt conducts an audit of Bahria town, their bank accounts, source of income, compare market price of land to the price M.R. paid, I am sure M.R. will go bankrupt in seconds. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:07PM

    The people in Malik Riaz case should be bought to justice who were blackmailing him. Could Malik Riaz please answer about if why he was being blackmailed? He must have done something illegal of which he was afraid and got blackmailed. He himself is a black sheep.Recommend

  • Dubious
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:21PM

    I can’t understand why the dha’s continue to deal with a dubious party like Malik Riaz. And why can’t he use any other name than ‘Bahria’ (thus insulting the Navy).Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:50PM

    This is habit of Malik Riaz to get institutions disputed whenever any case against him went to court like previous case of Irslan Iftikhar. One point should be answered by Malik Riaz that why he paid ransom whenever he did not do any wrong doing.Recommend

  • Justice WILL Prevail
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:01PM

    Army’s most corrupt wing the DHA struck the most corrupt deal ever with its peer organization Bahria Town and now both are trying to escape from this rocking and doomed ship that we called DHA Valley. Everyone is a crook here from these military officers, an abomination, to this looter Riaz. Recommend

  • excalibur
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:02PM

    some interviews of the so called blackmailers are enough evidence as to how corrupt and liar is Malik Riaz

    He has connections with powerful people like Zardari Nawaz and manipulates the system He accepts that he bribes people as it is the done thing Now that NAB cases have been reopened by the SC , Malik is now hitting back by false claims

    The video clips are doctored and fabricated Hear the other side as well before jumping to conclusionsRecommend

  • OBSERVER
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:31PM

    very interesting ex-army official involved in extortion..in the past navy intelligence official were involved in kidnapping for ransom in karachi..published in all the newspaper at that time.. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jul 23, 2015 - 3:00PM

    No more that a “Zardari Bachao Tahreek”…. A camaflouge…Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 23, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Malik Riaz, DHA and all those who are involved in turning our beautiful agricultural lands into concrete jungles are biggest criminals. The residents of these concrete jungles will starve one day when there will be no food to eat. Recommend

  • Disgrace
    Jul 23, 2015 - 5:07PM

    This is the same Malik Riaz who bribed Ex CJ’s son Arsalan to get favors. This man is himself a confirmed criminal who blackmails and is a confirmed extortionist. This report confirms his character further. He should be investigated and put away. How he acquired all the wealth is no more a secret. He was a corrupt Patwari and now a philanthropist. My foot. Why did he survive? You will get the answer in Nawaz Sharif speech tonight. It is our corrupt superior Judiciary who are protecting such garbage. Shame on our Supreme Court.NS will praise this judiciary. It is now for the NAB to nab this Supreme court.Recommend

  • anonymus
    Jul 23, 2015 - 5:37PM

    Since when bribery is given only for illegal thing only? It is given also for legal things. Money makes things happent on time and avoid inconvenience.
    Whether we like it or not it is norm.
    People like Malik Sahib has learned that at an early age.I agree with him every rich person in Pakistan is land grabber or scion of land grabbers and now has become halal! No exceptions……..
    please find a name and you will see eihter their parents were government officials or fore fathers were part of british Raj……….
    please do researchRecommend

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