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National Police Foundation Rs 6 billion scam

Ex-deputy director housing remanded to police for 3 days

* Police say hunt for MNA and other accused going on

ISLAMABAD: Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Rai Liaqyat Ali Kharal granted three- day physical remand of National Police Foundation (NPF) ex-deputy director housing.

On Monday Police officials produced Baksh before the court after his transitory physical remand by police. Police informed court that the case against all the accused was registered on charges of corruption, fraud and cheating. A police official informed court that Baksh, who was arrested on Saturday night, was remanded in police custody.

Khuda Baksh, who was allegedly involved in NPF land scam corruption of Rs 6 billion. According to police, however, the main accused, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Anjum Aqeel Khan was still at large and Shalimar police have launched a hunt for him.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered on July 4 against five persons including Khan, two former inspector generals of police (IGPs) Iftikhar Ahmed and Mian Amin, two former DIG’s, Abdul Hanan and Nafees Ahmed and Baksh.

The Shalimar police official informed court that case was registered against latter on the order of Supreme Court (SC), it is a suo motu case of June 21, and the SC had ordered managing director of the foundation to initiate action as the NPF committee had established irregularities and corruption in purchase of land. The Police official further apprised that the accused Baksh was involved in Rs 6 billion corruption in NPF land, during his service period. The official told the court that Khan`s company, Land Linkers, was chosen to procure land for the housing scheme in Islamabad`s Sector E-11 for police personnel.

The NPF officials and high-ups extended undue favours to PML legislator in the process of procuring land and instead of allotting plots among other police personnel they arbitrarily and illegally got 10 to 15 plots allotted in their own names. Police informed that the former managing director and other officials of the NPF were involved in irregularities in the procurement of land.

Vague agreements were made for the procurement of land without any final cut-off date for the supply of land and settlement of accounts by the NPF with Land Linkers.

The police official also said that that one of the abovementioned alleged persons has transferred the 608 kanal land to Capital Development Authority (CDA) but they transferred 563 kanal to CDA.

The land procured through Land Linkers was neither finally quantified by the previous NPF administration till last year nor was any effort made to resolve the issue of shortage of land/rendition of accounts with the company.

The defense counsel Raja Inam of the accused argued that his client was innocent and requested the court for removal of the name of Baksh from FIR. He also argued that the police had not been providing copy of FIR, However the judge ordered police to provide the copy of FIR with further ruling to contact the concerned court over the removal the name of accused.

On Monday police officials produce accused Baksh before court and requested for grant of seven days physical remand for further interrogation about that matter.

Malik Mehboob, Station House Officer (SHO) Shalimar Police Station told Daily Times that police were trying to arrest main accused MNA and we had launched hunt for him and other alleged person involved in that matter.

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