Friday, January 22, 2010

Ansar Abbasi, South Asia Tribune & Plots/Land Scams.

Mr Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi, Rauf Klasra have forgotten while being Sanctimonious that what they all used to contribute for SOUTH ASIA TRIBUNE. Mr Shaheen Sehbai (former correspondent of Daily Dawn; former editor of The News; ex Director News of ARY ONE TV Channel; former director of GEO News Network; and presently Group Editor the News), escaped from Pakistan to save himself from the so-called wrath of the establishment headed by General Musharraf, after the controversy surrounding his story about the murder of Daniel Pearl. It was apparently simply to obtain the Green Card for himself, and his family in the United States. Mr Sehbai then started to run a web based news service, i.e., South Asia Tribune, funded through dubious sources, but he suddenly reappeared and closed his website. During his self-imposed exile in the USA, he used to raise hue and cry against the military establishment that he and his family members’ life was in danger, but the so-called danger suddenly vanished after the whole family getting the Green Cards. He then returned to Pakistan and that too under the same Musharraf regime, and joined ARY TV channel, then GEO, and then the News, where he is presently working.

In the same Magazine, Mr Ansar Abbasi had filed the following report:


Plot Mafia Out to Rip Off Billions By Ansar Abbasi Issue No 61, Sept 28-Oct 4, 2003 ISSN:1684-2057

ISLAMABAD: A new land scandal, involving billions of rupees, is in the making in the Federal Capital Territory of Islamabad and in its surroundings, which is feared to rip thousands off their hard earned savings. Investigations reveal that in the name of “registered” housing societies thousands of plots have been sold on dubious papers, with vast majority of the societies either not having enough land in their possession or selling plots illegitimately without acquiring no objection certificate (NOC) from the concerned authorities. Real estate agents and investors have made billions within months mostly by misleading the people. This housing society outrage is feared to be as big as we had the cooperatives scam in the past. While this loot sale of unauthorized plots continues right under the nose of the federal government, the top investigating agencies like national accountability bureau and federal investigation agency are fast asleep. Spokesman of the NAB told this correspondent that though the bureau was scrutinizing some housing societies’ dealing in Rawalpindi, it has yet to touch the housing societies of Islamabad. He, however, added that an owner of a leading Islamabad housing society had been probed by NAB but in his individual capacity and without investigating his scheme. One of the most shocking aspect of this scandal-in-making is that different federal authorities have already smelled a rat but they are watching the situation as spectator. Besides well-connected real estate agents and investors, senior civilian bureaucrats, some politicians, journalists etc are either directly involved in this dubious business of loot and plunder or are providing protection to them.

Certain societies’ managements have also bought the sympathies of powerful including some rulers by offering party funds and sponsoring publicity campaigns for them on important occasions. Top managers of some of these societies when contacted tried to prove their respective housing societies as the genuine ones aspiring to get NOC from the CDA but picking up holes in the dealing of others. Chairman capital development authority Rauf Chaudhry when contacted confirmed that except a few, all the housing societies selling plots to public through newspaper advertisements or otherwise are doing it illegally and without getting no objection certificate from the authority. Chaudhry does not rule out the possibility of a “fraud” by housing societies that are not yet cleared by the CDA. He informed that the CDA has already issued warnings to public through media to desist from purchasing land from those societies, which had not got the NOC from the authority. To attract the innocent people the housing societies, which are registered by the ICT cooperative department, use misleading names to give an impression as if these societies are the government societies. Smelling a rat some of the government authorities have now started distancing themselves from such societies to clear their name from any upcoming scam.

The government has formally denied that the presidency has anything to do with “Awan-e-Sadar housing society” that has already sold innumerable plots to people but without having any such authorization from the CDA. Secretary National Assembly Mahmood Saleem told this correspondent that he has also warned the people through media that the NA sect would not be responsible for any deal of plots made by the National Assembly secretariat employees housing society. Saleem said that he has got the bank account of the NA sectt housing society, containing Rs 250 million, seized to avoid unnecessary withdrawal. He said he has already written to the chief commissioner Islamabad and also the chairman CDA to know the status of the NA sectt housing society and if it has got the NOC to sell the plots to public. Secretary cabinet Nasiruddin Ahmed also disowns the cabinet division employees housing society and said that the cabinet division had nothing to do with the society.

One such society- Islamabad cooperative society- is giving advertisement in newspaper almost everyday offering sale of plots in E-20 and 21 but the chairman CDA told this correspondent that they did not have any such sector in their master plan. This society has alone sold thousands of plots during the recent months but without having any NOC from the CDA or proving to the authority that it has acquired required land. This dubious business is so successful these days that some of the societies are selling plots on files in Fateh Jang, Attock of Punjab but telling the buyers that the area is all in Islamabad as it surrounds the future Islamabad airport in Fateh Jang. The CDA chairman says that the authority has nothing to do with land in Fateh Jang being sold as Islamabad’s extension. According to a source the ICT cooperative department, which register the housing societies, had even registered some societies that have nothing to do with Islamabad. The big question remains is there any housing society presently selling the plots to public fulfilling the above conditions. If not why the authorities are keeping a criminal mum?



BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan: Pakistani Army Generals, including President Pervez Musharraf and his top colleagues, have found an innovative way to defend the land of their country --- by grabbing it. SA Tribune has got a list of over 100 armed forces men who allotted to themselves at least 400 or more acres of prime land in Bahawalpur, heart of Punjab, "to defend it from the enemy," at the throw away rate of Rs 380 per acre (US Dollars Six & 50 cents). The list is only of one District. Such lists exist all over Punjab and Sindh where a new breed of landlords has already been created through similar allotments. These fertile lands were given to the serving and retired generals on the pretext that these army generals will "prove a front line against the invading army." The centuries old British colonial law to settle locals near enemy border was invoked by these army men to grab the lands. But instead of taking lands close to the border, they took away prime heartland acres, thousands of them, in the name of defending the country. The price they paid was Rs 380 an acre was notional but many of them sold the land making millions. Others have become feudal lords in their own right by employing landless peasant to till these land and produce key crops. This list has been prepared with the help of land revenue record of the district of Bahawalpur by local activists of Nationalist Qaumi Movement, a group fighting for the rights of the local people. This conversion of generals into landlords also explains why no serious effort has been made by the military to introduce land reforms in the country, which could cure many political and social imbalances in the Pakistani society. The list includes the names and the area (Chak) where the land (400 acres or more) is located. Some of these officers may have been promoted to higher ranks or even retired from service:

* General Pervez Musharraf, Current President, Village (Moza) Nouabad Yazman, Bahawalpur;
* General Zubair, Chak DB/14;
* General Moinuddin Haider, Current Interior Minister, DB/43;
* General Aziz, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, BC/16;
* General Iqbal, BC/16;
* General Saroop, BC/17;
* General Javed, DB/61;
* General Irashad Moin;
* General Zarar Niazi, DB/64;
* General Zulifkar Ali (Current Wapda chief) 54/P;
* Lt General Saleem Haider 54/p;
* Lt General Mohammad Akram 94/9;
* Lt. General Mohammad Naeem;
* Lt General Mohammad Afzal Janjua 54/P;
* Lt General Amin Burki( 96/p);
* Lt General Khalid Maqbool (Current Governor Punjab) 54/P;
* Lt General Irshad Hussain;
* Lt General Mushtaq Hussain 54/P;
* Lt Gen Tariq Pervez (brother of Nawaz Sharif's cabinet minister Nadir Pervez);
* Admiral Mansoorul Haq, former Chief of Naval Staff, DB/113;
* Air Marshal Imtiaz Haider, DB/114;
* Major General Malik Mohammad Salim, 1L/101;
* Major General Amjad Shoaib 1L/127;
* Major General Jehangir Nasrullah, 95/P;
* Major General Waqar ul Haq, 55/P;
* Major General Mahboub Muzaffar, 56/P;
* Major General Khurshid Alam, A101/107;
* Major General Agha Jhangir Ali Khan, 1L/120;
* Major General Jamshed Iyaz Khan, 126/1L;
* Major General Tahir Ali Qurshi, 93/P;
* Major General Muzaffar Usmani (Later promoted to Lt General and retired recently by Gen. Musharraf), 93/P;
* Major General Sultan Habib, 93/P;
* Major General Abdul Razzak, 250/P;
* Major General Mohamamd Mushtaq, 54/P;
* Major General Mohammad Raza, 54/P;
* Major General Rafiullah, (former IB Chief);
* Major General Zafar Mehdi;
* Brig Mohammad Sarfraz, 55/P;
* Brig Mohammad Jamil Qudrat Warsi, IL/104;
* Brig Mumtaz, IL/104;
* Brig Rasheed, Chak 126;
* Brig Ali Akbar, 54/P;
* Brig Gull Alam Khan 46/P;
* Brig Mohammad Bashir Baz, Chak 256;
* Brig Saeed Abdul Khaliq, IL/129;
* Brig Ashraf Khan Afridi, 49/P
* Brig Ghazanfar Azam, Chak 105;
* Brig Javed Malick, Chak 46/P
* Brig Ghulam Abbas, Chak 46/P,
* Brig Iftikar, Chak 46/P
* Brig Shahid Naeem, Chak 46/P
* Brig Ziaullah, IL/119;
* Brig Saddik Khan, 54/P;
* Brig Masoud Bashir; 54/P
* Brig Pervez Akhtar son of Saleem Khan; 54/P
* Colonel Shaukat Hayat, IL/123;
* Colonel Safdar Hussain, 250/P;
* Colonel Mohammed Tariq Khan, 256/P ;
* Colonel Bahadur Nawaz, 256/P
* Lt Colonel Ahmad Yar Khan, 44/46;
* Lt Colonel Abdur Rahim Khan, 93/P;
* Lt Colonel Arshad Pervez Khan, 93/P

In addition to these officers, 50 hawaldars, naib clerks; clerks, naiks, honorary captains; subedars; subedar majors have also been allotted lands in the vicinity of Bahawalpur and Cholistan.



A Satellite Picture of Bahria Town in Rawalpindi, taken from its Web site
The Land Scams in the Name of the Sacred Soldiers By M Afzal Khan WASHINGTON DC, Aug 24, 2004 ISSN: 1684-2057

ISLAMABAD, August 24: Land scams that are proliferating across the country, specially in the name of our Armed Forces, have come into sharp focus, sadly because of murder of two guards of a high profile housing society in the federal capital. First it was the National Assembly last night and next morning the Senate, where members from both sides of the isle voiced their outrage over the blatant manner in which this housing society used the name of Pakistan Navy to generate massive public interest and money in its highly publicized schemes. Lawmakers of the area said the developer purchased the land from poor villagers around Islamabad cheaply and sold plots at hugely inflated price. The violence reported in the press was attributed to allegation by some of these sellers that they have been cheated. In the end two innocent guards were caught in the fray and killed. The developer has shown ingenuity and innovation both in designs and marketing. These have made his various offerings one of the most attractive in the country, after the defence housing schemes. Few, perhaps, would grudge that, had it all been a fair and clean affair. But many lawmakers pointed accusing fingers at top political, civil and military figures whose patronage has gone along with it.

Former law minister Sen. Dr. Khalid Ranjha pointed out that it was a criminal offence to use for any private commercial venture, the name of an official organization, more so an arm of the military. “Bahria Town“ was originally purported to be a project of the Pakistan Navy. But a former navy chief allegedly allowed the present developer for unknown reasons and consideration. On a number of occasions the developer has been running into trouble with the top government functionaries, including the NAB. He was even jailed. But in the end he escaped unscathed and expanded his business to incredible proportions. In private sector, he is, perhaps, the top-most real estate tycoon in the country. The lawmakers particularly took note of the latest offer in what was called Bahria Town-Phase 9. The publicity preceding the offering had set about a week for the people to file prescribed forms. The forms were available in some selected banks. But on the first day it was announced that within first six hours, 40,000 forms were distributed by banks to the applicants exhausting all supplies. Many bank branches witnessed virtual riots and damage to buildings caused by dejected prospective buyers who were unable to get any form. To top it all, the developer announced that all the 40,000 applicants would be given plots if they deposited the down payment within the due date. Apparently, it was inconceivable that the developer actually owned 40,000 plots. The two announcements sent the market in a tail spin. The frenzy that ensued led to black market sale and resale of forms at exorbitant prices ranging from Rs15,000 to Rs60,000. The lawmakers were intrigued by the way the forms were distributed. Influential people were given scores of these forms before sending them to the banks. This writer overheard two people in an escalator talking about the forms two days after the event. “Sir, you had promised to get me some forms,” one gentleman said. “Don’t you worry. An FIA director has been given 20 and has promised to share five with me.”

Many lawmakers were perturbed that the real estate craze has overtaken the society and widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots to a vulgar level. You go to any office – private, public, civil, military - the most favorite topic is the housing schemes. The prices in all major cities, including Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi have skyrocketed. While the lucky ones with money and connections have made windfall profits in buying and selling, the less fortunate have nothing but to curse their luck. For most of the middle and lower class strata of the society, the price of land to build houses has gone out of their reach. A reasonably employed and paid person cannot even think of buying a servant quarter sized plot of land in Islamabad for his entire lifelong savings. Building a house has become a fantasy. In other major cities, things are no different. The most coveted societies, of course, are the defence housing societies in major cities. The President last week felt peeved by the fact that “pseudo intellectuals” feel jealous about these societies. According to him these are best developed and managed. If some army officer sells a plot for hundred times the cost at which he was allotted, so argued the President, why should people grudge or feel jealous about it. The President says only the retired military officers are looking after these societies which also provide employment and generate development activity. He conveniently ignores the fact of the involvement of officer corps in allotment, sale and resale of plots. Untold stories about higher echelons overseeing these schemes have tainted the image of the institution. Moreover the defence housing societies have become an obscene feature of our elite culture that is far removed from the rest of the populace. It generates, not just the” jealousy” which the President has referred to, but irrepressible rage and revulsion among the less privileged.

There are reports of a new town being planned in Bedian between Lahore and Wagah, where only eight-acre plots for mansions and estates would be developed. For the country, investment in real estate from within and abroad, has replaced capital formation for productive use in the economy. Pakistan’s economy has more or less become a real estate economy. Huge capital has been invested in this unproductive sector. Little is thus available for investment in genuine economic activity. The land grab mafia has sprouted in every town and city, boosting all sorts of crimes and corruption. President Musharraf set a noble example in 1999 when he declared his assets after taking over. Eye brows were, however, raised, why he had to have seven or eight plots, including commercial plots, in different defence housing societies across the country. Asfandyar Wali Khan was intrigued by the revelation that the President owns a plot in Gwadar as well. "Is he going to build a house and live there," he had asked. Recently when he purchased a five-acre farm in Islamabad which is worth crores, it was stated that he sold one of his commercial plots in Lahore to pay for that. It is argued that the President had done nothing illegal as the rules permit an army officer to get more than one plot. The point is, how far is this ethically correct. If he surrenders his other plots and makes the rule that only one plot can be allotted to any officer in the country for building a house, the President would radically change the entire environment of “jealousy”. Instead, he would create tremendous goodwill for himself and the institution. In this context an encounter with another military dictator is instructive. When in 1976, Gen. Zia was named COAS, this writer and another dear friend who also knew Zia since he was Lt. Colonel, invited him to a cup of tea at the Multan Press Club. This friend was building a house but had not been able to complete it. Zia asked him:” Masood Sahib, have you been able to build your house?” Zia was told that it is as yet not even half complete. “Masood Sahib, I am sure you will be able to build it now that you have started it. Look at me. I am at the fag end of my career, and I cannot even think of building a house.” How many generals, nay even captains and majors of today can repeat those words?



How a Cook Unraveled a Multi-Billion Dollar Army Scam in Lahore By M T Butt WASHINGTON DC, May 31, 2005 ISSN: 1684-2057

ISLAMABAD, May 31: A Pakistani chef of an influential Saudi Royal Family Prince cooked the goose of a top Pakistani General, several of his crony officers and has brought monumental infamy to the Pakistan Army, by exposing the biggest ever land fraud in the country’s history. This cook must get the Pride of Performance Award because he unknowingly forced General Pervez Musharraf to admit the biggest scandal of his six-year tenure – the grabbing of land and fictitious sales of non-existent residential plots, for billions of rupees, to unsuspecting innocent Pakistanis, living both inside Pakistan and abroad. The bizarre story of the Saudi cook began when Mohammed Sharif (name changed) bought a piece of land in the Lahore Defence Housing Authority, managed and run by Army Officers, falling prey to the dubious sale of plots, believing that since Pakistan Army was managing it, he would not be swindled and would be able to get a piece of land which will give him and his family dividends on his investment.

The poor man was sadly mistaken. When on a brief vacation to Lahore, Mohammed Sharif wanted to have a look at the piece of land he had supposedly paid for, the Pakistan Army Brigadier and his juniors in the DHA, gave him the usual frustrating run around. He was never shown his land. Exhausted, shocked and in a state of disbelief, Mohammed Sharif returned to his job with the Prince but at an opportune moment informed his royal employer of what had happened. The Prince was furious. He straightway picked up the phone and dialed General Pervez Musharraf. Deeply embarrassed, the General, who would not listen to any one else except, of course, some body from Washington, asked his Vice Chief to order an inquiry as the main culprit was Musharraf’s own recently-shifted Corps Commander in Lahore, Lt. General Zarrar Azim, famous in Lahore Real Estate circles as General Zarrar Zamin.

Since the new Corps Commander wanted the facts, it turned out that the entire hierarchy of DHA, headed by a Brigadier was deep in collusion with some real estate agencies and were minting billions in fraudulent sales to people like Mohammed Sharif. The entire top management of DHA was removed but no one, including the Brigadier, was sacked, obviously because General Zarrar Azim, now posted in the GHQ, protected them. The news of the DHA shake-up was broken by Lahore’s Daily “The News” on February 5, 2005. In a report from Lahore it said the military authorities had removed the top management of DHA on alleged corruption in the planned Phases 6-10 of the Lahore Cantonment Cooperative Housing Society (LCCHS). Click to read story Top DHA managers removed for ‘corruption’ By Mayed Ali Saturday February 05, 2005-- Zil Haj 25, 1425 A.H. ISSN 1563-9479

But the newspaper said DHA Administrator Brigadier Abdul Jalil Khan, Director Land, Lt. Col Ikram, Director Transfers Lt. Col Feroz Bhatti and Deputy Director Land Major Razaq had only been shifted and “placed at the disposal of the Station Headquarters.” “Brigadier Fazal Nawaz Khan has replaced the outgoing Administrator Brigadier Abdul Jalil. Brigadier Nawaz Khan is from infantry, and has been posted at the National Defense College (NDC). The military authorities have constituted an enquiry committee, headed by Commandant Signals Brigade of the 4 Corps Brigadier Khalilullah Butt. The enquiry is underway against military officials and some high-profile realtors." "The realtors include Yousuf Chauhan of the Chauhan Estate, Haji Allah Ditta of Defense Estate Mr Sahir of Sahir Estate. Apart from these, the owners of Panjnad Estate are also being interrogated,” the newspaper reported.

In its own guarded way, since writing negatively about top Army officers is a risky business in Pakistan, The News said: “The trail of the enquiry is expected to lead the investigators to a couple of high-ranking serving military officials as well. It is important to note this enquiry has been initiated on the orders of Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS), General Ahsan Saleem Hayat. Commander 4-Corps (Lahore), Lt-Gen Shahid Aziz, has played an important role.” The most disgusting response about the multi-billion scandal came from the Chief Military spokesman, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Shaukat Sultan, who contemptuously said: “Transfers and posting of Army officials beneath the rank of Major Generals are not made public by the Army, and media has nothing to do with it.” The media had everything to do with it as thousands of innocent Pakistanis had risked the savings of their lives by investing in a fraud perpetrated in the name of the Pakistan Army by senior officials. The most credible information about the scandal and the impact of the Army probe was reported by those in the business of real estate. A specialized web site on Pakistan’s Real Estate scene reproduced this comment by a reporter in the center of the scam:

“When DHA's new management started investigations, it stopped all transfers of ownership on files that were submitted by those banned dealers under investigation. Now DHA have reached some kind of agreement with these dealers. Details are not official but news on the street is that banned dealers have agreed to pay over Rs 1 billion to have their files cleared by DHA. “Also I am told by people that this money that the DHA will get from dealers will be used to reduce development charges....Now hundreds of files that are returned to the dealers after completing transfers will be given to original owners. Remember these dealers sold these very files for Rs 6 to 7 million each just 4 weeks ago.” “In the past week alone 600 to 700 files were handed over by DHA after transfers were completed according to some very big dealers. The spate of these files is causing price drops in the DHA market. On normal days 30-40 files are transferred by DHA.” This reporting by insiders revealed that in one week alone if 600 plots were transferred, each costing Rs 6 million, the total would be Rs 3.6 billion. On the higher side the figure could be Rs 5 billion. All this is one week’s activity of correcting the frauds perpetrated by the sacked DHA management. The whole scandal would run into several hundred billion if not in trillions. According to guarded reporting by another Lahore newspaper, Daily Times, (March 24, 2005), "intelligence agencies had begun investigations six months back and a large number of DHA administration employees were under surveillance. One of the officers under inquiry has agreed to reveal all he knows about the scam in exchange for immunity. Property scam plagues DHA By Anjum Gill Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Daily Times reported that property dealers had acquired several acres of land belonging to the government with fake names, in connivance with land revenue officials, and thereafter gave it to the DHA authorities. “The dealers acquired agricultural land (now DHA phases 5 to 10) and handed that to the DHA free of cost on the agreement that 25 per cent would be returned to them after their inclusion in the society. Due to stark differences in the prices of agricultural and DHA property, this translated into a very lucrative profit for investors.” The investigations have led to the blacklisting of four major real estate agents in DHA: Chauhan Estate, Defence Estate, Property Talk and Al-Rehman Associate. Their offices were sealed and their records were confiscated. DHA security personnel have been posted outside the offices to ensure no one goes in. The DHA administrator, Brig Nawaz Khan, said about the sealing of real estate agencies, “We sealed the offices after repeated complaints by people. Investigations are continuing. I can’t add anything further.” In a press conference a few days ago, he had said, “DHA will honor its commitments to the people.” Last week DHA allowed reopening of the real estate offices which were earlier sealed because of irregularities as a court ordered the DHA to allow it since legal formalities in closing them were not fulfilled. This was another way of helping the collaborators otherwise why would the Army not meet legal requirements to prosecute criminals who had swindled billions. Newspapers reported that DHA had allowed the offices to be reopened, but would not deal with them directly or indirectly. “They are still blacklisted and the DHA is not going to issue affidavits and allocation letters for property being dealt by them.” DHA authorities said that these offices had been sealed because many people had complained of “irregularities” in transactions. The most disturbing aspect of the whole scandal, feared by some real estate experts, is that in their scramble to make big money, Army Officers working in the DHA may have sold large tracts of lands to Indian buyers who were investing in DHA lands through their Dubai front offices. According to one source one company had been inquiring about buying 500 acres of land near the Pak-India border. Under the mess that was going it, it may have done so already.


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ISLAMABAD: Housing Minister Rehmatullah Khan Kakar has submitted a new list in the Senate containing the names of 53 former judges, including ex-chief justices of the Supreme Court and high courts, 65 former bureaucrats, 59 journalists and 36 politicians who were given plots during 1985-2001. The names were forwarded to the Upper House in reply to a written question put forward by one of the senators, who had asked the Ministry of Housing and Works to give the names of all those judges, journalists, politicians, bureaucrats, etc, who were given plots by the ministry since 1985-2001. The new list contains the names of those beneficiaries who were given plots by the Federal Employees Housing Foundation, the Ministry of Housing and Works. The names of politicians in particular and others in general might surprise the public if they ever came to the surface as majority of them had got residential plots allotted in their names from General Zia to Junejo, Benazir Bhutto to Nawaz Sharif by the Capital Development Authority in the same period and the list might be huge. The journalists were given plots under the government quota of two per cent, fixed for all those journalists who did not have any house or plot in their names in Islamabad.The nine former judges of the Supreme Court are part of this new list while rest of the judges who got plots belonged to the four provincial higher courts. Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui also got a plot in Islamabad. Justice (retd) Bhagwandas also took a plot in Islamabad when he was serving as a judge of the SHC.Former Attorney General for Pakistan Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum also took a plot in the federal capital when he was working as a judge at the Lahore High Court. Former LHC Chief Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain also took a plot in Islamabad. Former NA Speaker Ch Amir Husasin also got one plot in Islamabad from the Ministry of Housing and Works. Akram Zaki, Kunwar Idris, Mohammad Anwar Zahid, Kalim Dil Khan, Saleem Abbas Jilani, F K Bandial, Hassan Zaheer, Aziz Qureshi and Kamran Rasool are among some of the prominent federal secretaries in the list of 65 civil servants who got plots during 1985-2001.

A quick look at the list reveals that majority of the judges got residential plots in Islamabad when they were serving in the high courts.

JUDGES: Following are Supreme Court judges who got plots: Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Justice (retd) Manzoor Hussain Sial, Justice Saad Saud Jan, Justice Fazal Elahi Khan, Justice Abdul Hafeez Memon, Justice Mukhtar Ahmed Junejo, Justice Raja Afrasiab Khan, Justice Moahmmad Bashir Jahangiri, Justice Saeeduzzam Siddiqi. Besides, the following judges of the four provincial high courts also got plots. Justice Dilawar Mahmood (Ministry of Labour), Justice Abdul Karim Khan Kundi (PHC), Justice Mian Ghulam Ahmed (LHC), Justice Agha Saifuddin Khan (SHC), Justice Kazi Hameeduin (PHC), Justice Arif Iqbal Bhatti (LHC), Justice Syed Ibne Ali (PHC), Justice Mohammad Aqil Mirza (LHC), Justice Sheikh Mohammad Zuabir (LHC), Justice Abdul Hafeez Cheema (LHC), Justice Sharif Hussain Bokhari (LHC), Justice Abdul Rehman Khan (LHC), Justice Mohammad Islam Bhatti (LHC), Justice Kamal Mansoor Alam (SHC), Justice Sajjad Ahmed Sipra (LHC), Justice Mahboob Ali Khan (PHC), Justice Ali Mohammad Baloch (SHC), Justice Qazi Mohammad Farooq (PHC), Justice (R) Mohamamd Nasim (LHC), Justice Munir A Sheikh (LHC), Justice Fida Mohammad Khan (Federal Sharaiat Court), Justice Tanveer Ahmed Khan (LHC), Justice Amir Alim Khan (LHC), Justice Ehsanul Haq Ch (LHC), Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqi (LHC), Justice Mian Nazir Akthar (LHC), Justice Ahmed Ali Mirza (SHC), Justice Raja Mohammad Sabir (LHC), Justice Karamat Nazir Bhandari (LHC), Justice Rashid Aziz Khan (LHC), Justice Munwar Ahmed Mirza (BHC), Justice Bhagwandas (SHC), Justice Mohammad Nawaz Marri (BHC), Justice Nawaz Khan Gandapur (PHC), Justice Nawaz Abbasi (LHC), Justice Falaksher (LHC), Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar (SHC), Justice Khailur Rehman Ramday, Justice Malik Qayyum (LHC), Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza (PHC), Justice Amir Mulk Mengal (BHC), Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain (LHC), Justice Mohammad Khursheed Khan (Chief Court Northern Areas) and Justice Mohammad Khial (Ombudsman office) also got plots in the federal capital.

JOURNALISTS: Sohail Ilyas, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Abdul Ghani Ch, Zia Shahid, Rukhsana Saulat Saleem, Mohammad Anwar Khalil, Abdul Wadood Qureshi, Mian Ghaffar Ahmed, Rana Tahir Mahmood, Malik Abdul Rehman Hur, Nadeem Fazil Khan, Hamad Raza Shami, Farooq Ahmed, Rana Assar Ali Chohan, Azeem Chaudhry, Aslam Khan, Mohammad Naeem Chaudhry, Mohammad Aniq Zafar, Abdul Saeed Khan Qamar, Mohammad Dilshaad Khan, Naveed Miraj, Tahir Masood Ikram, Sultan Mohammad Sabir, Saghir Khalid, Mazhar Barlas, Maqbool Elahi Malik, Mohammad Arshad Yousuf, Javed Iqbal Qureshi, Haroon Rashid, Malik Shakeelur Rehman Hur, Wajid Rasool, Ashfaq Ahmed, Mohammad Zahid Jhangvi, Tahir Khalil, Khalid Azeem Ch, Mian Khursheeduzaman, Abdul Mohi Shah, Hilal Ahmed, Khalid Sial, Amir Iyas Rana, Zamir Hussain Shah, Aziz Ahmed Alvi, Ahmed Hussain, Rafaqat Ali, Syed Najamul Islam Rizvi, Mohsin Raza Khan, Irfan Ahmed Qureshi, Syed Ibrar Hussain Shah Kunwal, Nasir Aslam Raja, Mohammad Arshad, Ch Iylas Mohammad, Ghazanfar Ali Zaidi, Fazeela Gul, Iftikar Shakeel, Syed Ejaz Shah, Mohammad Ayub Nasir, Mohammad Saleem and Tariq Aziz. REFERENCE: New list of plot beneficiaries presented in Senate Saturday, January 16, 2010 By our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The Housing Minister, Rehmatullah Khan Kakar, has informed the Senate that 14 judges of the Supreme Court, including 11 serving judges and 56 federal secretaries, got allotted two residential plots each in Islamabad in recent years. The official documents submitted before the Senate revealed that three SC judges were allotted plots after the court accepted the petition in November 2009 challenging the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for regular hearing. The housing minister presented the list of both serving and retired judges in the upper house during the Question-Hour along with the names of powerful bureaucrats who got two plots allotted in their names. The list was presented in reply to a question asked by Senator Mir Wali Mohammad Badini. Mr Justice Mansoor, former secretary law, first got plot (No 804) in G-14/3 on 4.9.04. He was given a second plot (No 285) in D-12/2 on 2.1.06. Justice Nawaz Abbasi got the first plot No 401 in D-12/2 on 18.1.08. He also got another plot (No 29) in G-13/2 on 21.9.09. Justice Mohammad Javed Buttar got the first plot (No 60) in G-14/3 on 15.9.04 and another (No 397) in D-12/2 on 18.1.08. Justice Syed Saeed Arshad was allotted the first plot (No 58) in G-14/3 in 2004 and another plot (No 405) in D-12/2 in 2008. Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar got the first plot (No 268) in D-12/3 in 2008. He got another plot (No 43) on 21.9.2009 in G-13/4. Justice Sardar Raza Khan got the first plot (No 62) on 21.9.99 in G-13/4. He was given another plot (No 273) on 28.1.2008 in D-12/4.

Sardar Mian Shakirullah Jan got the first plot (No 1385) in G-14/4 on 29.5.2002. He was given the second plot (No 214) in D-12/4 on 28.11.2008. Justice Tasadiq Hussain Jilani got the first plot (No 1401) in G-14/4 on 18.12.2002. He was given another plot (No 290) in D-12/4 on 28.1.2008.

Justice Nasirul Mulk got the first plot (No 7) on 9.10.2004. He got the second plot (No 57) in D-12/4 on 19.11.2009. Justice (retd) Falak Sher got the first plot (No 97) in G-13/3 on 2.8.2005 and the second plot (No 331) in D-12/4 on 19.11.09

Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday also got two plots. The first he got on 4.9.2004 in G-14/3. The plot number is 70. He got the second plot on 19.11.2009 in D-12/3. The plot number is 229. Justice (retd) Syed Jamshed Ali got the first plot on 4.9.2004. Plot number is 70 in G-14/3. The second plot (No 230) was allotted to him in D-12/4 on 19.11.09.

Mr Justice Syed Zahid Hussain also got two plots -- the first in G-14/3 on 21.10.2004. He was allotted another plot (No 188) in D-12/2 on 19.11.2009. Federal secretaries were allotted two plots in Sectors I-8, G-13, G-14 and D-12. Many of them had sold out their earlier plots worth millions of rupees and now they got the new plots allotted in their names before retirement. They are Syed Jalil Abbas, Khaild Saeed, Mohammad Jamil, Ismail Hassan Niazi, Sajid Hussain Chattha, Moshin Hafeez, Syed Mohsin Asad, Mohammad Humayun Farshori, Jhangir Bashir, Shakil Durrani, Shakeel Aleem Mahmud, Suhail Safdar, Kamran Rasool, Ejaz Rahim, Shoaib Suddle, Raja Raza Rashad, Major Kamal Shah, SM Junaid, Salman Farooqi, Riffat Pasha, Sibtain Fazal Haleem, Abdul Moiz Bokhari, Ashfaq Gondal, Mohammad Ahmed Mian, Addul Wadood Khan, Umer Khan Alisherzai, Shahbaz, Mohammad Ali Afridi, Jalil Abbas Jilani, Khalid Idris, Valik Ahmed Khan, Junaid Iqbal, Ch. Mohamamd Abullah Yousuf, Shabir Ahmed, Mohammad Zafeer Abbasi, GA Sabri, Pervez Tahir, Iftikhar Ahmed Khan, Hassan Sarmard, Nawaid Ahmed, Mohammad Yasin Tahir, Ghiasuddin Ahmed, Mushtaq Malik, Arif Mansoor, Ismail Qureshi, Syed Safdar Javed, Rukhsana Jabbar Memeon (auditor general audit and accounts), GM Sikandar, Ahmed Jawad, Ghiasuddin, Abdul Rauf Ch, Mohammad Ashraf Khan, Badar Islam and Anwar Haider. REFERENCE: Senate gets list of judges, bureaucrats who got two plots each Friday, January 15, 2010 By Rauf Klasra

Journalist and Plots, read page 4 of Daily Jang Friday, January 15,2010,Muharram 28,1431 A.H

Ansar Abbasi backing Qabza group in Murree: affectees DATED Friday 24th April, 2009
ISLAMABAD: One Shazia Shah, a school teacher has alleged leading journalist Ansar Abbasi is backing "Qabza" group in Murree adding bother in law and some other relatives of Ansar Abbasi are part of this group. She said this along with other members of affected family while addressing a press conference here Wednesday in Islamabad Press Club. "My family belongs to Bhurbun and the Qabza group which is patronized by brother in law of Ansar Abbasi has illegally occupied a land tract of 14 kanal owned by my family", she charged. This land valued Rs 2 Lac per canal, she added. About 50 to 60 hooligans attacked our home a few days earlier and abused our family publicly, she told. Some people also attacked my car when I was traveling from Murree to Islamabad by my car a week before and I made a marrow escape", she blamed. Waqar who is brother of Shazia Shah alleged Qabza group had refused to accept the decision of Jirga. He appealed to chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to take immediate notice of this illegal occupation and take action for ensuring early return of land to his family from the illegal occupants. Mr. Ansar Abbasi, The News, GEO TV and Plots.
Press Conference against Mr. Ansar Abbasi


WASHINGTON, October 17: Dear Readers, this is the final piece on the South Asia Tribune, as this site is now being closed for good. I understand that it may come as a rude shock to many and may create despair and depression for all those who had started to look up to SAT as a beacon of courage and resistance, but this decision has been based on many factors, which I will explain briefly. SAT would be on line for the rest of this month, till the end of October. On November 1, 2005 it will disappear from the Internet. All those who may be interested in keeping a record of any SAT article or report can save it any time before that date. REFERENCE: The Final Word from theSouth Asia Tribune By Shaheen Sehbai WASHINGTON DC, Oct 17, 2005 ISSN: 1684-2057


1 comment:

Javaid Bashir said...

It is sad that newspapers on the net are closing one after the other. First it was Viewpointonline, then South Asia Mail, and now the South Asia Tribune. it must be due to financial restraints. It is tough out there. Lahore Times is facing the similar fate.

I have been contributing articles to various newspapers. I have been at a loss that these news outlets can not survive And are biting the dust one by one as if death has cornered them We will mourn this great loss of informative bulletins.