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PAC to send letter to PM for taking action on recovery of CDA land from illegal occupants

ISLAMABAD: Following the failure of CDA for recovery of state land from illegal occupants in Islamabad , Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has decided to send recommendations to the prime minister through a letter for taking steps in terms of recovery of land.

Committee met here Monday under its chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to review audit objections related to CDA and PTA.

Chairman CDA, Imtiaz Inayat Ali told the committee wrong reports had made way in the media on illegal occupation of CDA land in Kurri village. “We had already taken action before publication of reports in media. Director land has cancelled 1200 allotment letters and director land has also been suspended.

He told Mullpur village was located adjacent to Bahara Kahu with the total area of 5000 acres. People were living there since the last 40 years and the entire land was owned by CDA. People had erected barbed wire after flattening the land, he disclosed. CDA had taken action against them, he pointed out.

Secretary cabinet Abdul Rauf Chaudhry told issue of I-17 was very serious and CDA should take early decision on it. Government could not provide Rs 35 billion in the several coming years, he told.

Chaudhry Nisar said this land was trust of the nation and this could be allotted in legal way. CDA had failed to recover the land and PA C now would send a letter to prime minister recommending him to take action for recovery of this land. Nation could tolerate hunger but not the culture of corruption, he held.

Committee also expressed concern over purchase of vehicles valuing over 11 million rupees by former chairman PTA Lt Gen Shahzada Aalam without seeking prior permission from cabinet division.

Shahzada Aalam told the committee he had obtained post facto sanction from the cabinet division.

Audit told that 7 laptop, 4 mobile phones and other things worth Rs over 2.1 million were purchased against the rules and regulations.

Committee also took notice of using PTA vehicle by its former DG Mazhar Qayyum after his retirement and non registration of FIA against him despite PAC directives. Committee directed chairman PTA to take back the vehicle within two weeks.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said if project allowance was paid to NHA employees then the recovery would be made from NHA council.

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