Govt accused of selling state land dirt cheap

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PESHAWAR, Sept 6: The dissident leader of ANP Khwaja Mohammad Khan Hoti has claimed that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government plans to sell costly land of Charsadda Paper Mills at throwaway price to get heavy commissions.

He said the land, measuring 250 acres, had basically been acquired for industrial purposes and its current market rate was Rs9 billion while the government had planned to sell it at Rs1.47 billion to one of its front men belonging to Mardan to earn at least Rs8 billion as commission.

He said the government wanted to convert the land into a housing scheme which was total violation of the agreement signed with the landowners.

He said if the government wished to sell it for residential purposes it should return it to its former owners as per the agreement.
Besides, he revealed that the land could not be sold out unless a loan of Rs117 million was returned to the Askari Commercial Bank.

The MNA said it was a big corruption scam and that it was duty of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the matter. He claimed the government would issue notification for sale of the land shortly.

Mr Khwaja, who is also convener of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), alleged that the provincial government had broken all records of corruption and was focused only on accumulation of money.

He also asked the people to hold the rulers accountable and recover the plundered national wealth.


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