By Raza Ruman
- Saad obliges Yousuf Raza Gilani to keep NAB away in last regime
- Some NAB officials under Qamar Zaman also favoured Saad
(Pak Destiny) Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique had not only taken onboard some officials of the National Accountability Bureau under Qamar Zaman Chaudhry but also obliged former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to ensure that cases gainst him remained buried in the previous regime.
The NAB under new chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal has ordered opening of a mega land scam involving Rafique’s 72,000 kanal land Paragon Housing Society Lahore and the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC).
Opening an old case on which some NAB officials had been sitting for the last many years, the new NAB team under Justice Iiqbal decided to initiate probe into the matters of the minister’s housing society after receiving a number of complaints regarding ‘illegal deal’ involving 3,000 kanal government land between the PLDC and the said companies.
Officials told Pak Destiny that Saad obliged Gilani during PPP regime. Saad got Gilani son Abdul Qadir Gilani a 20-kanal luxurious farm house in Paragon Society. Similarly, he had his own party government in Punjab and Centre and he maneuvered things perfectly.
Saad has his front companies – Sparco and M/s Bismillah Engineering Company – through them he acquired thousands of kanal land in his society and made billions of rupees.,
“The PLDC a few years ago had signed an agreement with Bismillah Engineering and Sparco (front companies of Paragon Housing Society) for construction of 6,700 apartments on 1,000 kanals. In lieu of this construction, some 2,000 kanals were to be given to these two companies,” an official source said, adding these companies were to be given land corresponding to their construction work whereas the entire piece of land was given in possession of these companies without getting any construction work done.
According to the Land Disposal Act, a land measuring beyond five marla cannot be sold without auction. “But in his case gross violation has been committed as both companies were to deposit 20 per cent of the total value which they did not.”
The Colonies Department of Punjab government had also specifically maintained that if this land was not utilised for the said scheme (Ashiana Iqbal) it would be surrendered back to the department as the government land could not be used for any other purpose.
The NAB Lahore in its letter has asked the PLDC to submit record regarding its projects – Ashiana Iqbal Lahore – for which a contract agreement was signed between the PLDC and M/s Anhui Construction Engineering Group owned by Director Paragon Exchange Ali Sajjad, M/s Bismillah Engineering Company owned chief executive of Paragon City Nadeem Zia and M/s Sparco Group.
“The status of the land which was rendered at the disposal of these firms for construction of quarters/houses should also be provided,” the bureau said.
It is very much likely that Saad is soon facing a reference income beyond his known sources. So the countdown begins. Pak Destiny