Rs 2.56 billion allocated for forensic lab

LAHORE: The Punjab government has allocated more than Rs 2.56 billion for the establishment of Lahore Forensic Science Laboratory. The government has also approved four development schemes at a cost of more than Rs 6.11 billion. The projects were approved at the 12th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party.

The approved development schemes included construction of Quran Complex and Seerat Academy near the shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir at a cost of Rs 515.42 million; establishment of farmers organisations under institutional reforms at a cost of more than Rs 1.42 billion; survey, documentation and preparation of master plan for the development and conservation of the historical town of Satgarah (Okara) at a cost of Rs 4.10 million and construction of flyover on GT Road in Gujranwala at a cost of more than Rs 4.17 billion. Continue reading

Rs 2,566m for forensic lab

THE Punjab government has allocated funds with an estimated cost of Rs. 2566.408 million for the establishment of Lahore Forensic Science Laboratory.

About four development schemes were also approved worth Rs. 6115.433 million in the 12th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party of the current financial year 2012-13 which was presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam. The approved development schemes included construction of Quran Complex & Seerat Academy attached with the Waqf Shrine Hazrat Mian Mir Lahore (Revised) at a cost of Rs. 515.428 million. Continue reading

Sale of properties in Japan, Indonesia: NAB asked to submit reports in detail

The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Wednesday directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit detailed reports of inquiries into allegations of embezzlement in illegal sale of properties of Pakistan embassies in Japan and Indonesia till October 11.

Earlier the NAB through its counsel submitted a primarily inquiry report about the sale of Pakistan embassy in Japan and stated that then ambassador Kamran Niaz had illegally sold the building of Pakistan embassy against 49 million US dollars. He said the former ambassador had invested the earned money in a private steel mill.
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Land fraud case: Court validates ACE’s inquiry

RAWALPINDI, September 19: A division bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi on Wednesday set aside the letters of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), regarding the transfer of the 1,401 land fraud case, in which property tycoon Malik Riaz and his son Ali Riaz are also involved.

LHC bench comprising Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Maqbool Ahmed Bajwa announced the judgment on the petition of Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) against the transfer of said land fraud case from ACE to NAB.

The court observed that there were a number of anomalies in the NAB letters of November 21 and 22 last year, in which it directed the ACE for the transfer of case and relevant record to the NAB officials.

NAB initiated the process for transferring the investigation and record from ACE to NAB in a hasty manner, it added.

LHC bench validated the ACE inquiry in which it implicated Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz as well as 14 other persons.

The court order observed that the last revised report of the inquiry was prepared by senior most ACE official, under the directions of the LHC and the Supreme Court and there is no need to probe the matter afresh.

The bench, however, ordered the trial court to decide the application of chairman NAB in which he requested transfer of the case from Anti
Corruption Court to Accountability Court.

The court directed the registrar office to send the sealed record of the case to ACC for its onward proceeding.

During the hearing, Prosecutor general (PG) Punjab, Sadaqat Ali Khan, representing ACE said  the establishment in the earlier inquiries exonerated the property tycoon, his son and senior officials of Bahria Town but the Supreme Court, who during hearing the bail petition of one of the accused persons pointed out that the establishment had exonerated the influential beneficiaries and booked the less important persons in the case.

He said the director general ACE then on the directions of the apex court constituted a four-member team to investigate the matter and the team submitted the report to the Supreme Court in September 2011, in which they nominated Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz as well as other 14 influential persons, as accused in the land fraud case.

According to him, governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa ordered for the suspension of the inquiry but the Punjab government refused to do so and meanwhile, an Anti Corruption Court (ACC) of Rawalpindi in October last year issued arrest warrants for tycoon, his son and other accused persons.

PG Khan said that Malik Riaz filed a petition in the LHC to quash the inquiry but when the court summoned him to appear in person, he filed an application in the Supreme Court.

The apex court while granting him interim bail, directed him to appear before the trial court but he did not appear and also withdrew the petition from the LHC, he added.

In the meanwhile, Khan added, the incumbent chairman NAB admiral (retired) Fasih Bokhari took charge of his office and issued the order for the transfer of the case, even without completing necessary formalities.

Prosecutor general NAB, K. K. Agha on the other hand denied the allegation levelled against the chairman by the PG Punjab. Continue reading