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NAB arrests former DG of KDA

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KARACHI: National Action Bureau (NAB-Karachi) here on Thursday announced to have arrested Ex DG KDA Nasir Abbas along with his two accomplices Javed Ahmed alias Javed Kancha and Raza Qazalbash in a land fraud case.

Accused persons were arrested in an inquiry instituted on the charges of conducting fake open public auction and tampering with title records of around 50 precious plots of KDA for doling out these plots to favorites worth Rs 2 billion, against illegal gratification.

The said plots are around 400 in number, whereas 50 such plots are part of Block 6, Gulistan e Jauhar Karachi. Nasir Abbas was said to be taken in custody from Central Prison Karachi whereas other two accused persons were arrested late last night from their residences and produced before the Accountability Court for physical remand today.

As per the preliminary interrogation, accused Javed Ahmed alias Javed Ahmed (Kancha) a retired KDA official was reappointed by Nasir Abbas and had been serving as his PSO for two years, allegedly as the main front man of Nasir Abbas. He has been charged for processing forged title records of plots for illegal sanction and has been hand in glove with Nasir Abbas in organized crime of fake auctions and illegal allotments of precious plots to their blue-eyed persons.

The preliminary interrogations further revealed that accused Raza Qazalbash is brother in law of Nasir Abbas and has been charged for misappropriating precious properties in posh area by way of forgery in title documents, worth more than Rs 200 million. He has been acting as an active abettor of Nasir Abbas and has been handling, layering and managing illegal proceeds of offenses committed by Nasir Abbas for embezzlement of KDA’s assets.

Relevant piece published earlier: Justice Javed Iqbal Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that NAB’s top priority is to recover the looted money of affectees of housing/cooperative housing societies, Mudarba/Musharka, willful loan defaults under 31-D, bank frauds/scams etc and to return all affectees at the earliest with the intention to bring the corrupt into justice. He said these remarks while addressing at a ceremony at NAB Headquarters adding that today Rs. 110 Million has been returned to 809 affectees, said a press release here Saturday. He said that similar ceremonies were at NAB Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi where NAB had returned billions of looted money to govt institutions, affectees, and private persons. Chairman said NAB has so far distributed Rs. 296 billion among different departments, affectees after recovering from the corrupt elements. He said NAB is firmly sticking on the policy of Accountability for All. The chairman soon after assumption of the responsibilities of chairman NAB had ordered apprehending corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and Absconders. 

Resultantly 226 accused were apprehended besides filing corruption references against 217 persons in the last seven months. Special teams were constituted to nab the corrupt persons. 25 proclaimed offenders and Absconders have been arrested in last seven months. Cases have also been filed against the arrested persons in the respective Accountability Courts. The Chairman NAB said he intends to convene a meeting of CDA,RDA,ICT,LDA, PDA,QDA and KDA officers to chalk out a joint strategy to impede against fake housing societies from looting people’s hard earned money in order to aware people about the illegal Housing/cooperative societies so that they should always invest in Legal Housing societies having NOC and layout plan approved from concerned govt authorities. He said NAB does not have any concern with pre or post elections as NAB is working as per law and will continue to work as per law which is our main aim and responsibility. He said that NAB conducts alleged complaint verifications, inquiries, and investigations as per law. In case of lack of incriminating evidence, NAB closes the case on merit as NAB does not believe in taking revenge being a transparent and merit-based organization. NAB believes across the board accountability against corrupt sans caring about their position or status. (Published on 26th May 2018) 

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Pakistan improves mechanism to handle AML/CFT issues

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ISLAMABAD: The Finance Minister, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar said Friday that the Finance Ministry has improved institutional mechanisms for handling Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) issues.
Chairing a meeting here Friday in the wake of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary meeting in Paris, the Minister expressed Pakistan’s strong resolve to keep up efforts on the counter financing of terrorism.
Foreign Minister, Abdullah Hussain Haroon and National Security Advisor Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, were also present on the occasion.
She added that the coordination between Central Bank, banking institutions, and law enforcement agencies have also been strengthened to curb money laundering and terror financing.
She invited participants to share their views and suggestions to further strengthen measures and put in place a strong implementation mechanism in this regard.
The participants while underscoring Pakistan’s resolve to further strengthen the AML/CFT regime emphasized and agreed on the formation of a high-level implementation committee to regularly oversee progress made by different agencies and departments engaged in the drive to counter financing of terrorism.
The meeting stressed inter-governmental cooperation as well as inter-agencies coordination for better results. The meeting was also briefed on the preparations by Pakistan’s delegation scheduled to attend FATF meeting at Paris.

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Missing persons: CJ summons DG Rangers, IGP, Sindh

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned the Director General Rangers, Inspector General Police, Sindh, provincial heads of intelligence agencies, at Karachi on June 24 at 12:00 pm. 

Chief Justice issued the orders during his visit to District Courts, Larkana where some people met him and complained that their relatives are missing and their whereabouts are still unknown, said a press release issued here by SC. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in his visit to District Courts met judges, lawyers and litigants there and witnessed court proceedings, inspected case files, observed court procedures and heard in detail grievances of people and hardships faced by litigants and lawyers and facilities extended to them in court premises.

He also visited judicial lockup and heard complaints and issues of under-trial prisoners. His took stock of overall performance of district judiciary and prosecution services. He also showed displeasure over the absence of prosecution lawyer in cases. CJ also directed the judges to decide cases expeditiously in accordance with law and asked lawyers to appear in cases regularly and avoid undue and frequent adjournments so that cases can be decided in time and prompt relief can be extended to litigant parties.
During the court proceedings, CJ questioned the judges presiding over the courts and pointed out the shortcomings and discrepancies.

Taking of notice of the issue, he asked the Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh and Registrar, High Court of Sindh to take action against the delinquents and incompetent judges in accordance with law, so as to ensure speedy justice to people. Apart from that Chief Justice of Pakistan also visited Government hospital Sukkur, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana and Sheikh Zayed Women’s Hospital, Larkana and met the patients and heard their complaints and expressed his dissatisfaction over dreadful situation of hygiene and cleanliness in the hospitals and directed the concerned administration of the hospitals to improve it and address the complaints of patients so as to provide better health facilities to the patients.

During the visit to the hospitals, he observed many deficiencies in the services rendered to general public and therefore, taking notice of the dearth of services to general public, Chief Justice has directed Chief Secretary and Secretary Health, Government of Sindh to submit a detailed report about deficiencies and demands of hospitals, either of human resources, medical equipment or any other at the level of tertiary care hospitals and District Headquarters Hospitals overall Sindh Province by next 22nd July Monday.

Moreover, taking notice of excessive and unscheduled load shedding in hospitals, his lordship has directed WAPDA authorities to make hospitals free from load shedding so that patients can get better treatment. After all these visits, Chief Justice has observed that the apathy of the government is evident and reflects poorly on the pathetic state of governance in the province. He observed that all government departments need to put their act together in order to provide relief to the general public and serve them in the best possible way.

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Nail-biting Football World Cup matches claim a life

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Football World Cup matches claim a life

AMMAR AHMED KHAN

KERLA (India): Unable to bear the pain of his favorite team’s defeat, a devastated Argentinean football fan 30-year-old Dinu Alex from Kottayam, allegedly jumped into  Meenchal River here on Friday morning following Argentina’s shock defeat to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday.

The Argentineans suffered a shock 3-0 defeat against Croatia in their second group match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, proving that the underdogs are not to be underestimated.

A family member said that Alex – a graduate of the MG University Kottayam – seemed disturbed after the game and went missing for a few hours.

The police launched an immediate search to fish out his body but the relief operation was hampered due to heavy downpour.

Alex’s friends stated he was confident that Argentina would mount a comeback and make it through to the next round of the World Cup. However, after Argentina’s defeat, Alex was distraught and cried and switched off his phone, admitting that his team had let him down.

What we can learn from Dinu Alex is simple, this is real life. We don’t just give up because of something that didn’t go our way. His suicide would be justified, had he made a bad bet and spent most of his life savings, but not something people of the world would let slide still. For people have powered through worse situations and continued to live.

The point is simple; a fan committed suicide because he just wanted the pain to go away, forgetting that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Besides if he stuck around for longer he would know that Argentina still has a chance to qualify for the world cup thus proving they might have a “chance” to win even. But that’s wishful thinking for the most part.

A relevant piece published earlier:  Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, and  Ante Rebic scored one goal each here to write history by beating giant Argentina! The possibility of Argentina’s return in the game is still there.  In the last six decades, this happens to be Argentina’s worst group match defeat, and with only one point from two games it played its survival in the tournament would be difficult. Argentina will have to score well in the 3rd match against Nigeria. 

Football World Cup: Croatia beats Argentina 3-0

 

 

 

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