CDA to revive Kuri model village plan

ISLAMABAD - The Capital Development Authority has decided to restart work on Kuri Model Village plan. CDA had previously stopped work on the plan due to corruption in the project. In a high-level meeting of the CDA officials presided over by Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal, it was stated that if attention was not given to the already acquired land spreading over 4,000 kanals in Kuri and Riyaarah, it seems it will be occupied again.

One of the CDA high-up told the meeting that the organization is willing to start a project of Kuri Model Village bearing a total cost of Rs 2 billion and has prospects of generating an income of Rs 10 billion through selling of commercial plots.

Replying to a question about the allotment of substitute plots to the present dwellers of Kuri village, the official said Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was conducting an investigation on the award of Kuri model village. After the investigations, allotment letters would be given to the residents of Kuri village, he added. It is pertinent to mention that in December 2010, FIA had asked CDA to present record about allotment of plots as according to reports, hundreds of undeserving people were included in the award.
Cases were also registered against 6 officers and employees of CDA, including the then director land and Deputy Director Sheikh Khursheed who was working on current-charge basis.

On August 17, 2011, FIA arrested CDA Deputy Tehsildar Mian Aftab Ahmed and Admin Officer Ali Asghar. Continue reading

Society’s merger with Bahria Town: ACE restrained from probing case

Bahria Town

Bahria Town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RAWALPINDI, July 11: The Lahore High Court (LHC)’s Rawalpindi bench on Wednesday restrained the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) from probing the alleged unlawful merger of 2,882 kanals of the Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Society (RECHS) land with Bahria Town.

Hearing the intra-court appeal filed by the management of Bahria Town, the court, however, dismissed its request to stop the trial court from proceeding against property tycoon Malik Riaz in the 1,401 kanal land fraud case.

The petitioner had challenged the June 21 ruling of Justice Chaudhry Shahid Saeed in which the judge had declared the merger as illegal and directed Bahria Town to compensate RECHS affected persons within two months and also asked the ACE to initiate action against those behind the illegal deal materialised in 2005.

The division bench, comprising Justice Chaudhry Mohammad Younus and Justice Ali Baqir Najfi, issued notices to the ACE and other respondents and adjourned the hearing till the last week of July.

Ilyas Sheikh, the Bahria Town counsel, told the court that the merger was done in accordance with the law, adding not only all the legal requirements had been fulfilled but also approval had been taken from the then chief minister Punjab. According to the counsel, RECHS had become a dead society and at the time of the merger it owned 2,300 kanals of land with 1,969 members in its north and south residential sectors.

He claimed that the Bahria Town (BT) management had initially compensated most of the society members; 432 were approached later and 52 members could not be traced.

He contended that the single bench had announced the decision in favour of the affected petitioners without hearing the arguments of Bahria Town. The counsel requested the court to restrain the ACE from probing the matter.

He added that the BT was willing to compensate the RECHS affected members within two months, requesting the court to appoint an arbitrator for the evaluation of the land of the affected members.

Rashid Hafeez, the assistant advocate general Punjab representing the ACE, told the court that RECHS administrator, who had decided the merger, was not competent to sign the deal with the private housing society.

The affected members of the RECHS requested the court to provide them an opportunity to present their view but the court rejected their request. Continue reading