LAHORE: An accountability court may indict former director general Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema and other accused in Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing scam on 20th August.
During the proceedings on Monday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials produced Ahad Cheema, Bismillah Engineering’s proprietor Shahid Shafiq Faridi, former chief executive officer of Punjab Land Development Company Imtiaz Haider, consultant Bilal Qidwai and other accused before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan.
The court distributed copies of the reference among the accused and directed for producing them again on August 20, so they could be indicted by framing charges against them.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lahore Development Authority chief engineer Israr Saeed and Member Technical Land Financial Allocation Committee PLDC Arif Majeed Butt were on bail in the case.
Ahad Cheema has been charged with misusing his authority and awarding illegal contracts, in a reference, filed by NAB. The reference against Ahad Cheema consisted of 11 volumes and more than 3,000 pages.
NAB alleged that Ahad Cheema misused his authority as LDA’s director general and awarded a contract of Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme to Lahore Casa Developers, a joint venture of three companies M/s Bismillah Engineering Services Co, M/s SPARCO Construction Company and M/s China First Metallurgical Group Co Ltd, which was ineligible for the purpose.
It was claimed that Ahad also received illegal gratification in the form of 32-kanal land from one of the shareholder companies of the said joint venture.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) NAB had conducted a raid at the house (situated at the Govt. Officers Residence here) of Ashiana Housing Scam’s principal accused Fawad Hassan Fawad and recovered two laptops, mobile phones (including a blackberry) and other important documents related to the case. Fawad had revealed password of one of his phones that would help get crucial information. Moreover, according to sources some thirty USBs were also taken into custody and sent for forensic testing along with other devices. (Published on 8th July 2018).
ii) Ashiana Housing Scam’s principal accused Fawad Hasan Fawad – a close aide of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif – has been sent by an accountability court on a physical remand to the NAB today. According to details, an accountability court today has handed over senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad to NAB on 14-day physical remand in Ashiana Iqbal Housing scam. Earlier, NAB officials produced Fawad Hassan Fawad before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan in strict security. NAB prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua argued that Fawad Hassan Fawad misused his authority while serving as implementation secretary to chief minister Punjab in Ashiana Iqbal Housing Project. He alleged that the accused through backdoor channels managed to award the contract of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme to his favorite firm. He alleged that steps taken by Fawad Hassan not only caused a delay in the execution of the project but also resulted in a hike in project cost in billions. He pleaded the court to grant physical remand for further investigation into the matter. However, Fawad Hassan Fawad denied all allegations and termed them baseless. The court after hearing arguments handed over Fawad Hassan Fawad to NAB on 14-day physical remand and directed to produce him again on July 19. It is pertinent to mention here that Civil Services Academy Director General Fawad Hassan Fawad was arrested by NAB on Thursday for his alleged involvement in Rs14 billion Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme scam. The senior bureaucrat, who had served as principal secretary to two former prime ministers of Pakistan, was nabbed by NAB in Ashiana Housing Scam. NAB here has asked Fawad to appear before it in the housing scam case in order to record his statement. But he was taken into custody for not cooperating with the probe. It is pertinent to mention here that Fawad is under investigation apropos his involvement in the Ashiana Housing scam by means of misuse of his authority. He has also been accused of harboring assets worth millions that is far beyond his known sources of income. Fawad has also to justify how he managed to acquire plots in posh housing schemes and allotting agricultural lands. According to NAB Lahore spokesperson, Fawad misused his authority as Secretary Implementation to Punjab Chief Minister when he passed unlawful directions to the Chief Executive Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) to suspend the contract of Ashiana Iqbal project. The NAB official said the accused got canceled the officially granted contract to Chaudhry Latif & Sons through his orders. He also kept the Inquiry Committee Report, headed by Secretary Finance Tariq Bajwa, hidden from the authorities with mala fide intentions. As per the inquiry committee findings, Chaudhry Latif & Sons company was awarded the contract lawfully and in accordance with the PEPRA rules. The spokesperson said that Chaudhry Latif & Sons had deposited Rs 70 million as mobilization advance, while the project had been officially launched at the time of illegal suspension of the contract. He said the illegal act of the accused Fawad Hassan Fawad caused undue delay in the project, which increased the cost of the project by billions of rupees. The spokesperson said the accused, as Secretary Health Punjab, is alleged to have purchased six mobile health units beyond the market price. The accused purchased six mobile health units while the price of one unit was 55 million rupees. Fawad Hassan Fawad remained unlawfully employed with the Bank Alfalah from September 2005 to July 2006 despite the fact that Secretary Establishment had rejected his request for a double job. The accused remained appointed to the Sprint Energy, a subsidiary of the JS Group, and was involved in preparing and presenting fake No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for transfer of the site of CNG pumps from one district to another.
PTIs ‘ELECTABLE’ Doctor gives citizen a dose of Naya Pakistan on 14th Aug.!
KARACHI: Additional GS of PTI – claimant of transforming Purana into Naya Pakistan – has issued a Show Cause Notice to Dr. Imran Ali Shah (MPA, PS-129) who has been videotaped slapping a citizen named Daud Chohan, an employee of CAA, in the North Nazimabad area here today.
I never wanted to take law in my hand however it was in a spur of a moment that i momentarily lost my cool and reacted in a way that brought embarrassment to my position, my party and my supporters. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/nbnsmqGC11
— Dr. Imran Ali Shah (@dr_imranshah) August 14, 2018
Thereby, I sincerely and unconditionally apologise to Mr. Dawood and my voters and suppprters for my behaviour. I hope that you all will accept my apology and I promise to observe my conduct that is expected of me both morally and officially by the party's code of conduct. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/zeEnoMgOo0
— Dr. Imran Ali Shah (@dr_imranshah) August 14, 2018
The doctor has been asked to present his version in the next 24 hours failing which his case would be referred to the disciplinary committee for appropriate action.
Nominated governor of Sindh Imran Imran Ismail has called Daud Chohan and apologized on behalf of PTI. He said that Imran Khan has taken notice of the incident and no such incident will occur again.
Cynics wonder is it the only occasion when the PTI’s Doctor has given a dose to a citizen? Or it is the first instance that he has been captured beating a citizen by a mobile user?
Moreover, citizens talking to NPTV have insinuated that was not the only electable PTI ‘lawmaker’ who is imbibed with this kind of mindset?
Meanwhile, sources privy to NPTV has informed that the Doctor, who has shamelessly rejected the evident video saying he had only pushed the citizen, knocked on the door of Daud Chohan’s house (along with PTI’s Firdous Shamim Naqvi) begging forgiveness.
And Chohan has accepted his unconditional apology saying he would not lodge any complaint against him in the court of law!
Bewildered citizens ask: i) What else could a common citizen have done? ii) Would the mighty PTI Doc had gone to the commoner’s home if his slapping ritual was not videotaped and gone viral?
Chohan has said that his daughter was hospitalized and he was going to see her with his family when the incident happened.
DIG East has ordered an inquiry against the PTI’s Doctor and his guard.
In this video message, PTI’s Doctor claims that Chauhan had hit an (invisible) POOR MAN’S CAR [and he being a savior of the INVISIBLE POOR MAN (WHO WAS POOR ENOUGH TO DRIVE A CAR!) had to attack Chauhan along with his armed guards who later prevented Chauhan from following him!]
Sweden: Masked vandals torch dozens of cars before elections!
STOCKHOLM: Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said today, in what they suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election.
Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Sweden’s second largest city of Gothenburg late Monday.
Authorities said no suspects have been arrested so far and no motive has been established.
But police said they had identified several people in connection with the blazes, which they believe were organized on social media.
“We’ve never seen these many cars set on fire before,” Hans Lippens, a police spokesman in western Sweden, told AFP.
The incident triggered outrage among Swedish politicians who are busy campaigning for the September 9 general election.
“I’m furious. My question to (the perpetrators) is: what the hell are you doing?” Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told public broadcaster Swedish Radio on Tuesday.
“You’re ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighborhoods,” Lofven said, adding the incident “looked very coordinated, almost like a military operation”.
Cars set ablaze is common in Sweden. In Stockholm’s suburbs alone, such crimes happen almost on a daily basis, usually attributed to disadvantaged youths.
Last year, 1,457 cars were “deliberately” set on fire across Sweden, compared to 1,641 in 2016, according to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s figures.
“Sweden has tolerated this for too long. This must end now,” Ulf Kristersson, leader of the conservative opposition party, the Moderates, wrote on his Facebook account.
Last year in February, two days after US President Donald Trump’s baffling comments linking the crime to immigration in Sweden, riots broke out in the immigrant-heavy northern Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby.
Dozens of youths clashed with police after they arrested a suspected drug dealer in Rinkeby. The rioters threw stones at police, burned cars and looted shops.
NAB distributes Rs.10m among nine affectees
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi on Monday distributed a sum of Rs.10 million among nine affectees and government departments.
In the first phase, NAB Rawalpindi already refunded an amount of Rs.9.66 million among 42 affectees after verifying their claims while in second phase eight affectees have been returned an amount of Rs.1.88 million.
As per details, in case of inquiry against Tele Town (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad, and others, the management collected Rs. 313 million illegally from the general public without obtaining permission from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to advertise the scheme and sold 2330 files/plots during 2004 – 2007.
The management of M/s Tele Town did not obtain NOC from CDA for detailed layout plan. In NAB, about 200 members with an amount of Rs. 30 million (approx) claimed for refund/plots. The management of the Society submitted an application for Plea Bargain (PB) against claims pending at NAB (R) and in this regard, PB of Rs. 30.02 million was accepted.
At a ceremony held here, Director General NAB Rawalpindi, Irfan Naeem Mangi handed over cheques to affectees and concerned government departments. Addressing the ceremony, he reiterated that the NAB would continue to pursue corrupt elements for cleaning the society.
NAB strongly believes in the Zero Tolerance Policy against corruption and hopes that the joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices.
In case of inquiry against Government Functionaries and others regarding corruption/corrupt practices and misuse of authority reference against “State vs. Dr. C.M. Anwar & others, the accused Muzaffar Nishat, Ex-AD PARC was deliberately avoiding appearing before the court and absconded, therefore, was declared as Proclaimed Offender.
The Red Notice bearing Control No. A-1684/8-2007 was issued against subject accused. Consequent upon a report by NCB-Interpol the accused Muzaffar Nishat S/o Nishat Ahmad Khan was arrested on his arrival at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad.
The accused, being a member of the purchase committee violated rules by recommending advance payments to dealers. The advance payments were made without any guarantee which was approved by
the then Chairman PARC (accused C.M. Anwar Khan).
Subsequently, the purchase of vehicles was made and about Rs. 9.7 million have been misappropriated in shape of exorbitant rates and fraudulent transfer from PARC’s account to Alpha Motors & Wings Motors.
The accused misused his authority, corruption, and corrupt practices by causing loss to the National Exchequer on account of purchasing vehicles at exorbitant rates and advance payments to the fake firm.
NAB Rawalpindi recovered Rs. 8.1 million and handed over to Dr. Yousaf Zafar Chairman PARC.