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.
A Bahria Town spokesman when contacted confirmed the resignation report but said the daughter of Fasih Bokhari was working with the Bahria Town since a long time before the Admiral took over as NAB chief. He said Bahria Town sees only talent and competence while hiring people and that is the reason that its projects meet success.
When Dr Ayesha Siddiqa’s comments were sought by The News on the reports that the deal of using the name of ‘Bahria Town’ between Pakistan Navy and property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain was signed during the tenure of Admiral Fasih Bokhari, she denied, saying it’s all misinformation as it was signed during the tenure of ex- Navel Chief Admiral (r) Mansoorul Haq.
She said she discssed the issue with the NAB chairman on and he told her that when the deal was signed, he was Fleet Commander in Karachi and deal was signed by then Naval Chief Admiral Mansoorul Haq and then Rear Admiral Javed Iqbal.
Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, a renowned analyst and author of ‘Military Inc. Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy’ told The News that the NAB chairman also told her that when he was appointed Vice Chief of Naval Staff in 1997, he ordered an inquiry against Malik Raiz Hussain at the Navy level, and again in 1998 when took the charge of the Naval Chief, he asked the ISI for initiating an inquiry against Malik Riaz Hussain. “But interestingly, Malik Riaz Hussain came out as a clean in both the reports of the inquiries,” she said while quoting the NAB chairman.
She said following the reports of the Navy and ISI, being a Naval Chief Admiral Fasih Bokhari, issued the directives that the financial transactions of the land should be monitored.
She said when Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari resigned as naval chief and Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza took charge, the Naval Chief has terminated the partnership with Malik Riaz Hussain.
When asked about the claims of PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif about the meeting with Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari on the Bahria Town issue in 1997, Dr Ayesha Siddiqa said the NAB chairman told her that he never met with Khawaja Asif on this issue as in 1997 he was a Fleet Commander in the Navy in Karachi. “I never met Khawaja Asif on this issue,” she said while quoting NAB chairman. She told the News that in 1998 Habib Wahabul Kheri approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan and his case No CP1593/98 to stop Malik Riaz Hussain form using the name of Bahria.