NAB call up notice to DG SBCA to explain Bahria Town Karachi’s illegal activities

 
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Bahria Town Karachi has extended its development work on thousands of acres of land contrary to the SBCA approval/NOC for development on the area up to 1330 acres only

Project of Bahria Town has been described as historical fraud committed by Sindh government’s ruling elites and corrupt government officials through Malik Riaz

KARACHI Sept 18 (TNS): In violation of the mandatory provisions of Sindh Building Control Authority Ordinance 1979, Bahria Town Karachi has extended its development work on thousands of acres of land contrary to the SBCA approval/NOC for development on the area up to 1330 acres only.

National Accountability Bureau has issued a call up notice to the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) under section 19 of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 regarding  investigation against officers/officials of Revenue Department MDA, Govt of Sindh and others and has asked it to depute a well conversant officer not below the rank of Director to appear before the Combined Investigating Team (CIT) along with justification of SBCA in writing for not taking any action against Bahria Town Karachi regarding violations of the mandatory provisions of SBCA 1979 by them and measures for informing general public to safeguard their investment in the said project by directing Bahria Town Karachi to stop all illegal sale, booking and advertisement activities at once.

SBCA office letter No. 765 dated 5.6.2017 had originally stated that it had given approval/ NOC to Bahria Town Project situated at main Super Highway for advertisement/development on the area up to 1330 acres only, whereas rest of the development on thousands of acres including constant media publicity/advertisement were against Sindh Building Control Authority Ordinance 1979. As per the demarcation map provided by Survey of Pakistan vide dated 20.7. 2016 total area under possession of Bahria Town Karachi is 12,156 acres.

National Accountability Bureau has warned the DG SBCA if it fails to comply with the notice it will have to face penal consequences as provided under the law.

Let it be noted here that the Sindh government grossly violated the settled rules, regulations and orders of Supreme Court by consolidating and exchanging low cost lands of M/s BahriaTown with the precious State land at main Super highway (Karachi-Hyderabad road) for the posh housing project at Karachi causing loss of billions of rupees to national exchequer.

Bahria Town purchased 7 thousand acres of land at low rate from Rs. 30 thousand to Rs. 50 thousand and in some places at the rate of Rs. 5 lacs in different parts /Dehs of district Malir, Karachi and got precious land exchanged/ consolidated against the settled laws of Government of Sindh at Super Highway where the rate of land is Rs. 50 lac per acre.

Bahria Town after getting illegal favor of exchanging the land also occupied above 40 thousand acres in the same area illegally with the help of Sindh government officials on the directions of political high-ups of ruling party Sindh.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Sindh also inquiring the matter and in this regard Deputy Director Muhammad Rizwan had written a letter to former Chief Secretary Sindh Muhammad Siddique Memon, asking him to submit the information,  how the land exchanged and under what laws. (Copy of letter available)

 

According to the details, after exchanging the state lands with Bahria Town Sindh the Board of Revenue, Deputy Commissioner Malir, illegally and unlawfully violating the laws of Sindh land Accusation Act 1967 and without any payment, allowed Malir Development Authority (MDA) to get the physical survey and preparation of road network at the site of Bahria Town, Karachi.

Director General Sindh Buildings Control Authority (SBCA) Manzoor Qadir Kaka (who is also absconder and had fled from the country on the charges of corruption) bypassing the Supreme Court orders and without having any allotment, lease deeds, sale deeds issued all necessary permission and approved maps, site plans, layout plans through a letter SBCA/Dir/(D)/2013/023 without mentioning the date of issuance of the said letter (copy available) to Bahria Town; administration of Bahria Town on behalf of that letter and permissions published an advertisement in leading newspapers of country and collected token amount from the innocent public to the tune of trillions of rupees.

It is worth-noting that in a Suo-Moto case No. 16/2011 on November 28, 2012 Supreme Court of Pakistan had restrained Sindh government and Sindh Revenue department for any mutation, transfer of lands and conversion of any state land to anybody or any organization, the apex court further had directed that no conversion or mutation of state land in the record of rights from the date (November 28, 2012) onwards would be deemed nullify and would expose the Deputy Commissioner of relevant district to contempt proceedings.

In an official report of a premier intelligence agency of Pakistan regarding the whole process of Bahria Town Karachi (copy available) it was narrated that after these illegal permissions which were issued without mentioning date of issuance approximately 175 billion Pakistani rupees were received from the general public and this money was transferred from Karachi for some other projects of Bahria Town. Security agency also obtained the bank records of all accounts of Bahria Town.

Sources told Sindh post that this report was presented by DG Rangers in Apex Committee meeting and had raised serious objection upon the project of BahriaTown Karachi.

According to the details and documentary evidences earlier Sindh government handed over land of 43 Dehs ( Deh is the small unit of Land in Revenue Record) of District Malir and District West to Malir Development Authority (MDA) irregularly on December 26  vide notification No PS/SMBR/BOR/KAR/430 (copy available) only to accommodate Bahria Town.

MDA after getting the said 43 Dehs accommodated Bahria Town by consolidating and adjusting other low cost lands of Bahria Town even Agriculture lands which were purchased at other places at very low rates.

According to the rules when any Authority has to consolidate the lands it has to obtain consent from the Sindh Board of Revenue. Authority has to also verify the cost of land and no precious land could be exchanged with the low cost land, but in this case of Bahria Town due to political support to Malik Riaz by ruling Party no legal necessary process was obtained and caused heavy loss of billions of rupees to national exchequer.

Security agency report suggested that main leader of Sindh ruling Party Asif Zardari is the partner of Malik Riaz owner of Bahria Town in the projects of Bahria Town Karachi, Nawabshah and Hyderabad.

This report suggests that Mr Zardari first had assigned his brother Awais Muzafar Tappi for facilitating in sale purchase arrangements, documentation, acquiring the land by Sindh government and other irregular conveniences for Bahria Town, this role was then assigned to Director General of Sindh Building control Authority (SBCA) Manzoor Qadir Kaka and Deputy commissioner Malir Qazi Jan Muhammad, Director General of Malir Development Authority (MDA) Muhammad Suhail Additional Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Shah, Mukhtiarkar Gaddap Sohail Ahmed Memon were directed by ruling party high-ups to provide all required facilities to Bahria Town.

Director Settlement Survey and Land Record Sindh on December 30, 2013 vide his letter number AE/2391 Copy available informed the Director General Malir Development Authority (MDA) and Deputy Commissioner Malir that the various survey numbers are Na-Qabuli (state Land) Sindh government land in said 43 Dehs.

Commissioner Karachi on January 07, 2014 and on January 16, 2014 sent 2 letters to DG MDA and DC Malir directing them to avoid entertaining any fake claim of any organization or person and incase of any lacuna or loss to Sindh government property, they would be responsible through his letter numbers CK/ACR/RB/14/2014 and CK/ACR/RB/25/2014 copies available.

Commissioner Karachi had also called a report from the Survey Superintendent Karachi for provision of details of Qabooli and Na-Qabooli survey numbers of the area.

Survey Superintendent Karachi on January 31, 2014 wrote a letter to Commissioner Karachi, Member (R&S) Board of Revenue Sindh, Director Settlement and Survey Karachi, DC Malir and DG MDA by supplying the details of Na-Qabuli land (Sindh government land) along with survey numbers which were illegally converted by DC Malir and his team in Qabuli land (private property) published in public notice by MDA in papers on January 14, 2014 and January 18, 2014.

Report further narrated that for this illegal favor DC Malir and his team received heavy amount as bribe.

It is pertinent to mention here that MDA is the defaulter of 7 billions of rupees of Sindh Board of Revenue and posses the excess Sindh government land and a such report of possessing of illegally Sindh government land by MDA submitted before the Supreme Court by Sindh Board of Revenue. Many cases against MDA also pending in Sindh High court by different private persons.

Sindh Board of Revenue without realizing these facts fixed a meeting on January 23, 2014 under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sindh for reservation of available state land for a defaulter organization MDA and to accommodate the fake claims of Bahria Town sent by DC Malir and his team, on the very next day Secretary Land Utilization with the approval of Chief Minister Sindh reserved 14617 acres of Sindh government land in favour of MDA without payment and conditions through letter number 03-168-14-SO-V dated 24.1.2014 (copy available) complete violation of Supreme Court orders.

After this meeting all lined department of Sindh government were strictly prohibited for any correspondence on the subject.

DG MDA completed entire exercise to establish phase 1 of Bahria Town within 3 months.
MDA violated instructions and reports of Commissioner Karachi, Director Settlement Survey and Land Records, Survey Superintendent and above all the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan. Security agency in its report termed the project of Bahria Town as historical fraud committed by Sindh government’s ruling elites and corrupt government officials through Malik Riaz.

Agency recommended the authorities for taking an exemplary action against the corrupt mafia in public interest and cancel all illegal transactions made through illegal means and stop DG MDA and DC Malir for handing over further precious Sindh government lands to Malik Riaz and his company.

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