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Islamabad: Makhdoom Shahabuddin Qureshi, who has been short-listed as one of the candidates for the prime minister’s slot  by the Pakistan People’s Party  after the disqualification of Yusuf Raza Gilani, is likely to be arrested  anytime by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in connection with the ephedrine case, country’s leading English daily The News International reported on Wednesday.

Quoting a well placed source in the army-led ANF the newspaper said “Qureshi’s arrest is a matter of time and He can be taken into custody anytime”.

The ANF has been investigating into the drug case also involving the son of outgoing PM, Ali Musa Gilani.

The paper said a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, had already directed the ANF to arrest Shahabuddin, who had approved the ephedrine quota. Shahabuddin is being considered for the slot together with Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and Syed Khursheed Shah, with majority betting on him as he belongs to south Punjab.

it said the investigators had undeniable evidence of Shahabuddin’s involvement in the ephedrine case. “He was the man who being the health minister issued quota to Danas Pharma,” The News quoted the official as saying.

The ANF last summoned Shahabuddin in May for interrogation and he admitted issuing a quota but pleaded innocence, saying he was unaware of the purpose and persons behind the move.

Hearing the ephedrine case on June 7, the Supreme Court questioned Brig Faheem of the ANF as to why Shahabuddin had not been arrested even after it was established that he had approved the illegal ephedrine quota.

Brig Faheem had told the court that bureaucracy was creating hindrances for the ANF to proceed against the suspects in the case.

 

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Islamabad: The list of federal and provincial government institutions who are the defaulters of power generating companies was presented to the Standing Committee on Water and Power on Thursday.

The committee was told that husband of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Feroz Gulzar was also defaulters of millions of rupees to the power companies but he had started paying the electricity bills.

The meeting was headed by Awami National Party (ANP)  leader Senator Zahid Khan.

Secretary Water and Power Imtiaz Qazi tol the meeting that loss of Rs 20 billion was being inflicted monthly to national kitty due to shortage of electricity.

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Inquiry found Malik had tried to influence FIA investigation

LAHORE: The inquiry commission, investigating the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) Rs5.34 billion scam, presented its report on Friday. It implicated former interior minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) chief for launching a campaign in favour of Moonis Elahi, the chief accused in the case.

The commission’s report suggested that legal action be taken against Malik and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

The commission had compiled a 72-page report after taking into account statements from all the witnesses, and available documentary evidence. It concluded that Malik had used his position to pressurise Zafar Qureshi, who was incharge of the FIA team investigating the NICL scandal.

The report also noted that PML-Q chief was responsible for running a campaign to discredit the judiciary. Hence, action against them, as per contempt of court ought to be taken, the report suggested.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who was presiding over the case, had taken note of reports in newspapers last July that Qureshi had been pressurised, and was subsequently removed from the team investigating the NICL scam. The chief justice had then formed an inquiry commission in August to investigate the matter.

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According to Lt. Col. (retired) M Tariq Kamal, former director engineering DHA Islamabad,

( 0300-8542971 –  Res: 051-5152157), resident of 10-C, Tariq Lane, Tulsa Raod, Lalazar, Rawalpindi, Defence Housing Authority Islamabad (DHAI) and Bahria Town have deprived 150,000  people of their hard-earned Rs 62 billion.

All the concerned authorities have decided to ignore this blatant breach of public trust, he said.

Colonel says that DHAI has been receiving money in the name of allotment of plots in DHA Phase I Extension, DHA Phase II Extension and DHA Valley since a decade but what masses get in return is assurances and hollow promises.

Those who deposited money for plots considering it purely DHAI projects were deliberately kept in dark about the agreements between that DHAI and Bahria Town regarding land development.

Similarly, few would know that following the controversial agreements, DHAI silently transferred all the funds raised from public amounting to Rs 62 billion to the account of Bahria Town CEO Malik Riaz.

Those who got cheated include 110,000 civilians, 41,000 serving and retired military officers, jawans and families of martyrs.  Total land in question is 165,000 kanals.

Elaborating, he said that few years back DHAI and Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz inked controversial agreements according to which the later was entrusted to develop all the 175,000 kanal land owned by DHAI. Malik Riaz started development activity on 10,000 kanals. As the development process kicked off, the DHAI bosses transferred Rs 62 billion into the account of Malik Riaz without any guarantee and against the advice of DHAI legal advisors Ahmer Bilal Soofi & Co.

Those DHAI employees who objected to the illegal steps were sacked immediately.

After some time, Mr. Riaz stopped development process and started using the money of DHAI members to fulfil his personal ambitions. According to the agreements DHAI is unable to take any decision or action while Mr. Riaz continues to delay development leaving millions of people worried and insecure.

Col. (R) Tariq said that reasons for the unusual favour are still not known but it merits an investigation to ascertain as to why top officials misused authority and compromised DHAI reputation to benefit a property tycoon widely known for land grabbing.

Similarly, the applicants were deliberately kept unaware about the partnership of DHAI with Malik Riaz in the business otherwise the response of masses could have been different.

He said that Mr Riaz is not honouring agreements thus damaging GHAI reputation and causing a huge financial loss.

According to Clause 23 of Ordinance No LIII, 2009, all the serving or retired army officers serving in DHA would be considered public servants (civilians).

However, the Central and Provincial Governments, NAB, FIA and police etc. would not take any concrete action against all those who have violated all laws and procedures to deprive 150,000 families of their homes.

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Islamabad: After graft allegations, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has kicked out his son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar from home till the conclusion of the case.

 

Arslan while talking to private news television has confirmed that his father, the CJ, has barred him from entering house and having contact with the family till the conclusion of the case.

 

He said that the entire allegation against him were baseless and fabricated.

 

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SC directed NAB to commence investigation in the NBP fraud case.

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), under the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, has started an inquiry into the Rs2 billion National Bank Employees’ Welfare Fund scam between 2003-08.

A statement issued by NAB on Monday read that the case involves senior officials of the NBP who had allegedly misused their authority to embezzle millions of rupees. The top management at NBP had distributed the workers welfare fund among themselves under the pretext of cash achievement awards.

According to an initial investigation in the matter, it was discovered that millions of rupees were divided among top officials between 2003-08. NAB has submitted its initial report to the SC.

The court had earlier directed NAB to look into the scam and to take steps as prescribed under NAO 1999 to recover the embezzled money. The case is already under process in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The NAB investigation team has asked NBP to provide details regarding the case while the bank’s management is yet to respond to NAB’s query.

Canal Motors case

Meanwhile in another case, a NAB Special Operation Wing investigation team has proceeded to Lahore to speed up investigations in the Canal Motors’ case where the accused had allegedly cheated the public out of Rs1 billion under the false pretext of investing the sum.

Canal Motors’ owners had collected millions of rupees from as many as 200 people in the name of importing of vehicles. NAB has already arrested three persons related to the case including the main accused owner Rana Qaisar Nazir. They are currently in judicial custody.

The NAB investigation team was in Lahore to verify the claims of the affected, in order to conclude investigations.

Course: The Express Tribune Pakistan

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The list of alleged Dual Nationality politicians who failed to disclose in nomination paperwork!

ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court bench hearing the Dual Nationality case, has ordered a petition to be admitted by the registrar’s office, alleging that 14 more members of the national and provincial assemblies hold dual nationalities.

The petition has been filed by former president of the Rawalpindi Bar Association, while notices have been issued to the 14 lawmakers.

According to the petition, Finance Minister Senator Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Baloch, MNAs Amna Buttar, Anushay Rehman, Khwaja Asif, Farhat Muhammed Khan, hold dual nationalities.

In the provincial assemblies, MPAs Nadeem Khan, Waseem Qadir, Ashraf Chohan, and Muhammed Ikhlaque of the Punjab Assembly hold dual nationalities.

In Sindh, MPAs Ahmed Ali Shah, Nadia Gabol, and Tariq Allana, are said to be holding dual nationalities.

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