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)
Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row
MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.
Journalist murdered in Mexico, ninth of 2018
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico: Gunmen shot and killed a Mexican journalist as he left his home in the southern state of Chiapas, his newspaper said Saturday, at least the ninth reporter murdered in the country this year.
Mario Gomez, a reporter with El Heraldo de Chiapas, is the latest victim in a wave of violence against the press in Mexico, the second-deadliest country in the world for journalists after war-torn Syria, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.
“He had recently filed a complaint because he was receiving threats,” a colleague at the paper told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The newspaper said Gomez, a general news correspondent in the town of Yajalon, was leaving for work when two unidentified men arrived and “murdered him in cold blood” with a series of shots to the abdomen.
Gomez, 35, was taken to the hospital but died of his wounds, it said.
“We call for an exhaustive investigation to find those responsible for this crime,” his colleagues wrote in an editorial published on the newspaper’s website.
The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement it would “follow all lines of investigation to shed light on this reprehensible crime and bring those responsible to justice.”
Pakistan condemns terror attack on military parade in Iran
ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP):Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on military parade in Ahvaz province of Iran in which several lives were reportedly lost.
“Our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this heinous attack. Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement.