Cracking down on China-cutting: Land dept's offices raided in Karachi

Raid jointly conducted by Rangers and FIA's investigators. Files and records confiscated


Faraz Khan July 24, 2015
PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Rangers along with investigators of the Federal Investigation Agency raided offices of the Land Department at Civic Centre on Friday evening and confiscated records relating to china cutting.

According to sources, the law enforcement agencies jointly raided offices located on the fourth and 10th floors of Civic Centre. Based on information provided by land department officials already in custody of law enforcement agencies, records and documents of societies formed via China-cutting were taken into custody.

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However, neither the Rangers, nor the FIA have officially acknowledged the raid so far, nor have they released a statement regarding the raid.

According to sources, a five member team of FIA’s investigators, under a deputy director, has been formed to probe matters relating to China-cutting.

Earlier on June 16, Rangers raided the offices of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SCBA) in Civic Centre and confiscated data in addition to taking photographs of documents.

“Besides photographing documents, the Rangers also obtained data from the design section and Challan department through USBs along with other important files,” a source in the SBCA said.

Read: Overstepping boundaries: CM tells Rangers to stay within its mandate

Rangers had claimed earlier in July that billions of rupees generated through land scams in the port city had been transferred to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) London secretariat.

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