DHA, Bahria Town deprive masses of Rs 62 billion: Colonel Tariq
40 thousand soldiers, 110 thousand civilians lost savings: ex-director DHA
Authorities playing role of silent spectator
Islamabad: (April 25) Defence Housing Authority Islamabad (DHAI) and Bahria Town have deprived 150 thousand people of their hard-earned Rs 62 billion, a former military officer said.
All the concerned authorities have decided to ignore this blatant breach of public trust, he said.
Colonel (Retd) M Tariq Kamal, former Director Engineering DHAI said in a statement on Wednesday 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 thousand civilians, 41 thousand serving and retired military officers, jawans and families of martyrs. Total land in question is 1,65,000 kanal, he informed.
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 1, 75,000 kanal land owned by DHAI.
Malik Riaz started development activity on 10,000 kanals after pursuance by DHAI authorities. 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, he alleged.
He informed that 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.
Lt 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. Yet, DHAI administration’s indifference is bewildering and needs investigation.
Lt Col. Tariq who is a member of DHAI as well as an affectee said that according to Clause 23 of Gazette Notification 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 thousand families of their homes.
He said that the demands of overseas Pakistanis and findings of Transparency International have also fallen upon deaf years.