PML-N working on abolishing patwari culture

Map of Punjab with Rawalpindi District highlighted

Map of Punjab with Rawalpindi District highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RAWALPINDI, June 16: Imran Khan’s repeated promises with his supporters to do away with patwari culture if his party comes to power seem to be fulfilled by his rival PML-N as Punjab government has intensified efforts to computerise land record.

Despite many hiccups in the first-ever step to get land record computerised, revenue authorities have succeeded in scanning jamabandi (periodical record) in Rawalpindi while ‘high tech hub’ is all set to be established where land owners would directly get their required land files instead of approaching patwaris.

“We have already scanned jamabandi for computerisation and now we are working on scanning fard, mozas, and other land record. The big issue is to collect old record that has either burnt to ashes or is missing but we will compile it by hook or by
crook,” Additional District Collector General (ADC-G) Saif Anwer Jappa told Dawn on Saturday. Continue reading

NAB chairman’s daughter quits Bahria Town

Bahria Town

Bahria Town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD: In the midst of the controversy over the Bahria Town and inquiry into the affairs of Bahria Town and Defence Housing Authority (DHA), the daughter of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari has resigned from the Bahria Town.

“I can confirm it that the daughter of NAB chairman has resigned from Bahria Town two days back,” Adviser to NAB Chairman on Awareness & Prevention and in charge Media Cell, Dr Ayesha Siddiqa told The News. The resignation of NAB chairman’s daughter came as questions were being asked how NAB could probe Bahria Town affairs when the daughter of NAB chief was an employee of Bahria Town.

NAB started the inquiry into the affairs of Bahria Town and DHA last week, and probably the resignation came in the backdrop of the probe to avoid the clash of interest. Continue reading

Malik Riaz denies ‘buying’ journalists

LAHORE: Zahid Hussain Bukhari, counsel for property tycoon Malik Riaz, read out message of his client that he (Riaz) never distributed money, houses, plots or air tickets among journalists.

Addressing a press conference, Bukhari read the message, “News reports alleging me for distribution of money, houses, plots and air tickets to various journalists are absolutely false and baseless. I deny and reject them completely.”

The message read further the allegations were anonymous which proved that their aim was to defame journalists. This is the handy work of the dirty tricks section of a political party.

“It is reported that I told TV anchor Talat Hussain that I was one of the ‘chirya’ or source of anchor Najam Sethi‘s information. This is a white lie. I have never met or spoken with Talat Hussain. I demand him swear on oath that he talked to me and passed on this false information too. I reserve my right to sue him for this false allegation. I make it clear that I have never given money, plots, air tickets to Najam Sethi or anyone else as alleged,” the message also read. Continue reading

Nisar says conspiracy being hatched against judiciary; says Malik Riaz could not take breath without Zardari

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that if he could not stop the way of tyrant person like Malik Riaz than the seat of National Assembly is illegal for him, adding conspiracy is being hatched against the judiciary but Malik Riaz will not be able to take any benefit from this conspiracy.

He said that he has stopped the way of Malik Riaz for the last four years in Rawalpindi, adding that the fading government is trying to hatch conspiracy against the judiciary to divert attention from the deeds of the government, adding that Malik Riaz even could not take breath without the support of the President Zardari, adding that Zardari is using Malik Riaz for his own purposes and there is benefit of Riaz in Dr Arsalan case.

In an interview with a private TV channel Chaudhry Nisar said that the accountability of people who got benefits from Malik Riaz should be held like the one which was done with Dr Arsalan by chief justice and hid colleague judges. Continue reading

Families of Dr Arsalan, Malik Riaz to be quizzed: Attorney general

Bahria Town

Bahria Town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir announced on Saturday that the families of Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, and real-estate tycoon Malik Riaz will be questioned.

He also hinted that the government would form in the next few days a ‘broad-based team’ to investigate alleged financial irregularities involving Arsalan and Riaz.

AG Qadir asserted that the decision to investigate the two families was in line with the apex court orders.

However, Sardar Muhammad Ishaq, attorney for Dr Arsalan, complained that the AG’s announcement reflects ‘mala fide’ intentions on his part because deciding who to investigate was not his prerogative.

“The decision has been taken in the light of the Supreme Court’s order,” AG Qadir told The Express Tribune. “The court has ordered action against whoever is found involved in the case.”

Bahria Town’s former chairman Malik Riaz had accused Dr Arsalan of financial impropriety, claiming that he had taken bribes from him and promised to buy off his cases.

In order to substantiate his point, AG Qadir referred to the apex court’s June 14 decision, “…The attorney general, who has assisted us in this case, is fully abreast of all aspects of this case. It is our expectation that he will set the machinery of the state in motion so that all those who may have committed any illegal acts, including Malik Riaz, Dr Arsalan, Salman Ali Khan, etc, are pursued and brought to the book with full force and rigour of the law.” Continue reading