TMA seals 20 shops of rent defaulters in Bunni Market

ISLAMABAD - Rawal Town Municipal administration (RTMA), taking stern action against its tenants, sealed 20 shops of the rent defaulters in Bunni market while after on spot payment of the outstanding amount of rent, 10 shopkeepers were allowed to run their business.

According to details, TMA on the special instructions of Rawal Town administrator Saif Anwar Jappa has accelerated the recovery campaign.

Earlier, final notices were issued to all the rent defaulters that the outstanding dues must be cleared within ten days otherwise, stern action would be taken.

TMA recently launched a special campaign to recover outstanding dues from its tenants, running their business in the shops of the tehsil municipal administration (TMA).

Administrator Rawal Town Saif Anwar Jappa had issued special directives for the recovery of outstanding dues from the tenants and asked the Taxation Officer Shehzad Gohar that if the due payments are not cleared by the shopkeepers within stipulated time frame then their shops should be sealed and no relaxation should be given to anyone.

So far under the campaign TMA has collected over Rs 42.5 million, said a statement issued here. Now, action in accordance with the law is being taken against the defaulters to collect Rs 4.7 million of the rent.

Special raids for the recovery of the outstanding dues are being conducted on regular basis and on Thursday, action in this regard will be taken in Sherpao Market.

1 child beggars rescued by CPWB: Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) Rawalpindi has rescued 11 children found begging on city roads during last week.

According to District Officer CPWB, rescue teams of the bureau along with police visited several city areas including Faizabad, Peerwadhai, Murree road, Commercial Market, Sadder bazaar, Scheme Three and other areas.

He said the children taken into custody from different city areas were later presented in Child Protection Court for legal custody.
Family tracing unit of the bureau makes efforts to find out parents of such children and on provision of an affidavit that the children would not be made beggars, handed over to them.

He appealed the public to give information about such children on child protection helpline 1121.

He further said six such children were handed over to their parents during the period.

Youth Parliament to discuss youth finance policy: Youth Minister for Finance, Planning Affairs and Economics, Ahmed Numair Farooq (YP-21PUNJAB01) moved the motion to discuss the possible recommendations for the Youth Finance Policy 2012. Some of the members from opposition benches asked the speaker to forward the matter to the relevant committee. Continue reading

New residential sectors, interchanges, flyovers figure in Rs 28bn CDA budget

* Rs 6.5bn project will replace Islamabad’s 65,000 streetlights with LED lights
ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority on Wednesday approved its annual budget 2012-13 with total outlay of Rs 28 billion, with main focus on launching of two residential sectors and construction of interchanges, flyovers, and signal-free avenues.

“We have approved Rs 28 billion budget. It will be announced within a couple of days,” Chairman Farkhand Iqbal told APP. The all-powerful CDA Board has approved the annual budget and it has almost approved all budgetary proposals put forward by the CDA’s Finance Wing.

The upcoming budget would be 15 percent more than that of the outgoing year 2011-12 that stood at Rs 23.9 billion and would have tilt towards development projects as the non-development budget would stand slashed by 50 percent. Continue reading

LDA auctions 13 properties for Rs133m

LAHORE – A total of 13 properties, including four school sites, eight commercial plots and one residential plot, situated in various housing schemes, were auctioned against a sum of Rs133.24 million by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on Wednesday.

Open auction of public utility sites, as well as residential and commercial plots of different housing schemes, was held at the LDA Community Centre in New Muslim Town.

LDA Vice Chairman Aamir Asghar Dar supervised the auction, which was conducted by the Authority’s Auction Committee comprising directors of Estate Management, Land Development and Finance. Per marla base price of these plots had been estimated by the approved evaluators of the State Bank of Pakistan.

Among the four commercial plots in Johar Town, which were auctioned on this occasion, the maximum bid was offered for commercial plot No 305/41, Block H-3, measuring 559 square metres, which was auctioned for Rs1.59 million per marla whereas its base  price had been fixed at Rs1.325 million. The minimum bid of Rs0.9 million per marla was offered for plot No 305/13, Block H, measuring 250.9 square metres, whereas its base price had been fixed at Rs0.875 million.

The remaining four commercial plots situated in the Packages Quarters area, Walton Road, were also sold on reasonable prices.

Four school sites situated in various private schemes were also auctioned ON this occasion. School site of Abid Town, measuring 2 kanals, 12 marlas and 53 square feet, was auctioned for Rs225,000 per marla whereas its base price had been fixed at Rs2,10,000 per marla. Another school site, situated in Engineering University Society and measuring 4 kanals, 4 marlas and 171 square feet, was auctioned for Rs130,000 per marla against the base price of Rs120,000 per marla. Continue reading

LHC stops PCB from constructing wall


THE Lahore High Court on Wednesday barred Pakistan Cricket Board from constructing a demolished wall and adjourned the hearing till June 25.

The Gulberg Town municipal officer appeared before the court and informed it that PCB neither got the map of the wall approved from the town administration nor got a NOC for its construction. He pointed out that PCB was constructing a wall on a green belt which was not allowed under the law. He contended that when the town administration reached the site to demolish the wall, PCB authorities did not show them LHC stay order and the board had misled court in this regard.

Justice Abadur Rehman is hearing PCB contempt of court petition seeking penal action against the officials involved in demolishing its wall.

Counsel for PCB told the court that police and the Gulberg TMO razed the wall in violation of court’s earlier order and illegally detained three guards who were recovered on the court’s order. Continue reading

Arrest warrants for Malik Riaz issued

Rawalpindi: The Anti-Corruption Court of Rawalpindi on Thursday issued arrest warrants for Malik Riaz, the real estate tycoon and main character behind Arsalan Iftikhar case, and seven other accused.

According to The News Tribe correspondent, the court has issued arrest warrants for seven people including Malik Riaz and his son Ali Ahmed Riaz in land corruption case filed in 2005.

Riaz seems to be in the hot water after his botched attempt to malign the Supreme Court of Pakistan by launching serious allegations against the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry.

He is also allegedly involve in another land scam involving Rs 7 billion. Continue reading

Arsalan/Riaz case: NAB chairman to head broad-based inquiry team


ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to constitute a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Arslan Iftikhar-Malik Riaz case after it received a letter from Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP).

A senior NAB official said that NAB had received a letter from the office of Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Irfan Qadir on Friday. According to the letter, the NAB has been asked to form a JIT and launch investigations into Arsalan Iftikhar-Malik Riaz case.

He said that Chairman NAB Admiral Fasih Bokhari (retd) had decided to constitute a JIT comprising officers of NAB, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), police and experts from Banking and Legal sectors to investigate the case. Chairman NAB will head the JIT, he said.

The Supreme Court had taken a suo motu notice of the scandal and directed in its order dated June 14, 2012 to the federal government to take a necessary action against Arsalan Iftikhar, Malik Riaz and his son-in-law Salman.

Former Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz had accused Arsalan Iftikhar of receiving Rs340 million from him promising favorable verdicts in cases against Bahria Town pending within the Supreme Court.

It is pertinent to mention here that the NAB Chairman said in a statement issued earlier that Arsalan/Riaz case was a case between two individuals and had no financial implications on the national exchequer. It seems that it does not come under the NAB Ordinance, according to him. “Anyhow, he ordered his legal team to look into the matter in case of registration of a complaint with NAB the case will be dealt with on merit under the provisions of NAO 1999,” the official said.

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Arrest warrant issued for Malik Riaz, 6 others in land scam

RAWALPINDI - An anti-Corruption court of Rawalpindi on Thursday issued arrest warrants for real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz along with six others accused in a case regarding illegal transfer of 1350 kanals of land.

Special Judge Anti-corruption Ameer Chaudhry Khan issuing the arrest warrants for the seven accused, ordered to produce the accused before court on June 25.

Besides the real estate magnate’s son, other accused include Muhammed Ashfaq, Milad Bibi, Iqbal Hussain Shah, Sheikh Sajidur Rehman and Iqbal.

The court has issued arrest warrants of seven people including Malik Riaz and his son Ali Ahmed Riaz in land corruption case filed in 2005.

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Anti-Corruption Court issues warrants against Malik Riaz, son

RAWALPINDI: An anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi issued arrest warrants on Thursday against seven persons, including the former Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz and his son Ali Riaz, in a land fraud case, DawnNews reported.

All accused were absent from the hearing, earning the ire of and resulting in the issue of arrest warrants by the Special Court of Justice Chaudhry Ameer Mohammad Khan.

The accused, against whom the warrants were issued included Malik Riaz, Ali Riaz, Muhammad Ashfaq, Melad Bibi, Iqbal Hussain Shah, Sheikh Sajid ur Rehman and Iqbal.

The next hearing has been scheduled for June 25 and the court has ordered all accused to appear for hearing.

Earlier in October 2011, an anti corruption court of Rawalpindi had issued arrest warrants for Malik Riazand Ali Riaz  after the anti corruption establishment (ACE) of Punjab submitted the evidence against the tycoon and his associates in an alleged fraud case registered in 2009 and involving 1,401 kanals of land near Rawat.

Malik Riaz himself is the complainant in four civil suits pertaining to land disputes pending in the courts of Rawalpindi and is facing 57 criminal and civil cases regarding land grabbing or company matters in the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench and in the sessions courts of Rawalpindi.

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Riaz given 7 more days to hire counsel

The Supreme Court hearing for a show-cause notice issued to Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz Hussain over a controversial press briefing resumed under the chairmanship of Supreme Court Justice, Mian Shakirullah Jan on Thursday.

Malik Riaz was not able to arrange a lawyer to represent him in the case as most of the lawyers have been avoiding Riaz to show solidarity with the Supreme Court against the conspiracies hatched against it.

Riaz told the court that he was facing a media trial and requested for ten days to arrange for a lawyer. He also claimed that in case he failed on his commitment then he would face the punishment worthy of a criminal.

Jan while giving his remarks during the hearing said that every citizen has the right to defend himself and in case Malik Riaz could not arrange a defence lawyer for himself then the state would provide him with one.

Islamabad High Court Bar Association President Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf Gujjar, who is also a petitioner, informed the court that no one was stopping Malik Riaz from obtaining a lawyer for his defence, and that the defendant could avail the services of any lawyer within his personal capacity and no bar association would cause hindrance to it. Continue reading

Malik Riaz contempt case hearing today

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) will resume the hearing of the contempt case against Malik Riaz Thursday, FP News Desk reported.

A three-member special bench of the apex court comprising Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Amir Hani Muslim will conduct the hearing of the case “Contempt proceedings against Malik Riaz Hussain by order of the Chief Justice of Pakistan.”

On last Thursday, the SC gave Malik Riaz seven days to hire his counsel after issuing a show cause notice on Wednesday.

The SC had also rejected the plea to put Malik Riaz’s name on the exit control list (ECL) saying there is no need as he came from London on the court’s directive.

The court asked Riaz to not ask for more time for counsel’s preparation after seven days.

As the order was read out to him, Riaz revealed that he cannot understand English, that is why, the order was read again in Urdu.

“I am trying to contract high-profile lawyers including Aitzaz Ahsan but failed to succeed in hiring one. I am hopeful that I will be able to hire someone soon,” Riaz told the bench. Continue reading