PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel strikes deal with investigators.
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Anjum Aqeel has agreed to hand over land and cash worth Rs7 billion to the treasury under a deal struck with federal investigators to resolve the National Police Foundation (NPF) scandal.
The recovery is said to have been made by the joint inquiry committee, comprising members of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the NPF. The committee, headed by Zafar Ahmad Qureshi, the managing director of NPF and Additional Director-General of FIA, conducted the inquiry on the orders of the Supreme Court and the interior secretary.
According to the deal struck between FIA officials, NPF authorities and Anjum Aqeel, he would hand over the possession of a 2.75 acre commercial plot worth Rs2.2 billion located in Crystal Court Centre in Islamabad, besides taking on the liability of a 3.25 acre plot valued at Rs2.6 billion.
According to documents obtained by The Express Tribune, Aqeel had fraudulently obtained allotment letters of six acres of land from NPF. Later, he surrendered the allotment of a 2.75-acre plot.
However, he is still the legal owner of all six acres. If Aqeel sells the additional land, the NPF is responsible to give the land to the buyer. After the deal, the NPF’s liability would be waived off.
Aqeel has also pledged to give the possession of another 6,655 square yard plot valued at Rs240 million.
He will be bound by the agreement to deposit about Rs2 billion in NPF account against the price of a 25-acre plot within one year.
The price of said land would soon be assessed by the committee headed by the secretary interior, the sources familiar with the inquiry said.
Managing Director of NPF Zafar Ahmad Qureshi told The Express Tribune that the inquiry has almost finalised its recommendations and would be submitted before the apex court through the secretary interior.
He said that on paper, as many as 59 persons were allotted land, who did not actually exist, adding that if other people were also allotted 3.25 acres of land, then they would also be included in the victims’ list.
NPF’s Director Housing Shahid Iqbal said that over the next 24 hours, all land would be retrieved from the land grabbers.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2011.