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Interior ministry loses interest in DHA City scam inquiry

Updated May 17, 2017 07:10am


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LAHORE: The interior ministry does not seem to be interested in bringing back Kamran Kayani, a brother of former army chief retired Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, from abroad in the Rs15 billion DHA City scam despite the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Read: NAB issues arrest warrants for brother of former COAS Ashfaq Kiyani

“We had written to the interior ministry early this year seeking issuance of a red warrant for Kamran Kayani and pursuing the case with Interpol to bring him back to the country for his alleged involvement in over Rs15bn DHA City Lahore scam,” a NAB official told Dawn here on Tuesday. He said the interior ministry had not yet initiated the action against the suspect on its request.

The ministry’s ‘silence’ over the matter has even surprised many in NAB. The ministry did not come up with a clear-cut response when Dawn sought its comments on the matter. “I will speak to the officials concerned about Kamran Kayani’s matter and tell you the ministry’s point of view,” Sarfraz Hussain, the interior ministry spokesman, told Dawn. But he did not give the ministry’s version (over the Kayani issue) despite several reminders during the last one week.

A source in NAB said the bureau could not go after Mr Kayani as it was the interior ministry that had to pursue this case. “We fail to understand as to why the interior ministry is not showing interest in this case,” he said.

No effort made to bring back proclaimed offender Kamran Kayani from abroad

NAB had already filed a reference against the prime suspect, Hammad Arshad, a relative of a former chief justice of Pakistan, Mr Kayani and others in an accountability court.

NAB also had issued Mr Kayani’s arrest warrant after getting him declared a proclaimed offender through the accountability court.

According to sources, NAB determined ‘Rs4bn’ liability against Mr Kayani in the DHA City scam.

In Jan 2016, NAB arrested Mr Arshad, the owner of Globaco (Pvt) Ltd. The Defence Housing Authority declared Mr Kayani’s firm, Elysium Holdings Pakistan, co-accused in the scam.

According to NAB, Globaco signed an agreement with the DHA-EME in Nov 2009, agreeing to develop the DHA City Lahore on a tract measuring 25,000 kanals near Thokar Niaz Beg. The firm managed to purchase only 13,103 kanals of the land, and that too in a scattered form. Mr Arshad collected Rs15.47bn from the public by issuing allotment letters and later transferred the money to his personal accounts.

The accused used the funds for personal gains and invested them in other business ventures.

NAB said that because no meaningful development work was undertaken in the DHA City, the accused cheated the general public and the families of soldiers and martyrs by depriving them of their hard-earned money.

Of the amount received by the main accused from the public, he spent only Rs1.82bn to acquire the 13,103 kanals.

There are more than 11,700 affected persons registered with the DHA, which claims that Globaco — now known as Orange Holding Private Limited, an offshoot of Eden Private Limited — “intentionally kept delaying the project and gave different options for more financial gains”.

Mr Arshad and project director of the DHA City Lahore, retired Brig Khalid Nazir Butt, are in judicial custody. Last week, NAB arrested Murad Arshad, director of Globaco. Murad Arshad was among the major signatories of the controversial agreement between the DHA administration and Globaco Pvt Ltd. He has been on physical remand.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2017


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Sab se pehle pakistan May 17, 2017 07:11am

Our Interior Minister is more like an empty vessel. Only talks with zero action.

M Mirza May 17, 2017 07:27am

There must be some of their own involved in the scam

Faisal May 17, 2017 07:32am

No one is beyond the law of land, bring him back and do the justice with those whose money has been looted via DHA City project.

Talha May 17, 2017 07:48am

I hope everyone is not playing deal deal because if that is the case then who will care for the nation!

Hassan (Karachi) May 17, 2017 07:51am

Kamran Kayani and General Kayani are 2 different people. To snub criminal proceedings against the brother is criminal itself.

ali ahmed May 17, 2017 08:10am

recently owner of Top City Islamabad was arrested by LEAs in a fake case and land grabbers were allowed to occupy his land May 17, 2017 08:18am

Another attempt at trying to improve civil-ex military relations.

Adnan aziz May 17, 2017 08:37am

This is most unfortunate, though this was expected.

There is no doubt there are several laws operative in Pakistan depending upon who the accused is.

Shaikh May 17, 2017 08:47am

How on earth any action can be taken against corrupt in this country....Democracy will be in damger....

ASIF MEMON May 17, 2017 08:55am

No comments.

SSH May 17, 2017 08:59am

Should they take any action, the democracy will be in danger .. :)

GoNdal May 17, 2017 09:39am

We need a Erdogan like PM in pakistan

syed Ahmed May 17, 2017 09:40am


Syed F. Hussaini May 17, 2017 09:41am

The poor NAB understandably fails to understand the very understandable.

Farooq khan May 17, 2017 09:43am

It is a big blemish directly on interior minister. It shows PMLN ignores corruption when powerful people are involved.

Ash20 May 17, 2017 09:55am

How can interior ministry take interest? Those are relatives of untouchables. There are so many scams in untouchables that if some audit happen for last 50 years, you will find multi billion dollar scams.

Mahmood May 17, 2017 09:56am

Predictable, where large amount of money is involved. A behind the scenes deal, which no one in Pakistan will know about, except the one who received the payment.

SK May 17, 2017 09:56am

the untouchables. everyone with power and money gets away, all these inquiries, notices, cases are eye wash. sad state of our country which is going backwards by leaps and bounds.

M Jamal May 17, 2017 10:05am

In Pakistan power and powerful are above the law.

Masood May 17, 2017 10:13am

It means story narrated in Nazir Naji's coloumn about influence of Gen Kiayani in 2013 general elections was correct!!!

Nostalgic May 17, 2017 10:16am

Please write about DHA Valley Islamabad scam as well. The affectees are more than 70,000 and real estate giant Bahria is involved along with other big shots. The project started back in 2008 and till now there is NO development. Unfortunately, There is no justice for common man in Pakistan.

Naveed May 17, 2017 10:37am

everything now connects.

Karachit May 17, 2017 11:03am

Sometime I just wonder is there anyone or any institution left in this country who has no connection to corruption. They are just making fools to common people in the name of democracy, patriotism or religion.

Saleem May 17, 2017 11:09am


Brar May 17, 2017 11:11am

Nothing is going TO happen if he is ever arrested he will spend this time in a Hospital and he will also enjoy 5* facilities in jail.

Zak May 17, 2017 11:22am

Sad. Where will this money take them. To jail. There you cannot spend it. Worthless.

a May 17, 2017 11:41am

We have got people who have lost their whole savings in these projects. Kindly do something about it. They have ruined all the confidence of foreign investor and that includes me.

Disparate May 17, 2017 11:49am

@Farooq khan yes pmln is like that. Now let's see if IK plans a dharna on this issue.

Disparate May 17, 2017 11:53am

@Masood it may also mean that Nawaz has learned from the 'mistake' of prosecuting Musharraf.

Disparate May 17, 2017 11:55am

@Brar no jail. He may go abroad again for medical treatment or something.

Disparate May 17, 2017 11:58am

Even Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Gen. Michael Flynn.

Disparate May 17, 2017 12:00pm

@Naveed you should realize that Nawaz can't afford another dharna.

mohammad hussain May 17, 2017 12:04pm

Truth in Pakistan is the most serious crime. While the nation is dying in destitution and hunger, the retired generals, corrupt to bone politicians and their relatives and stooges are having a time of their life. This story speaks for itself.

Shahnshah May 17, 2017 12:22pm

Everyone is hand in glove with the other whether Military or politicians. Please stop taking this nation for a ride. Everyone has had enough of dramas.

khalid ahmed May 17, 2017 12:22pm

Well,let's see,it involved billions of rupees and it happened in Lahore.Nobody in his or her right mind would believe that somehow somewhere some member of the Sharif family did not benefit from it. So just forget about it.And all that tough talk about not being afraid of anybody and not tolerating corruption from Ch. Nisar just last week was nothing but hot air.

M Jamal May 17, 2017 12:22pm

Salute to the Dawn's journalism. This news must remain as a top revelations till the coming national elections of 2018 by the entire media in Pakistan so that nation can vote for an honest team to take Pakistan forward and apply good governance.

SYED HASSAN HASEEB May 17, 2017 12:29pm

it is very shameful why the legal process has been stopped .

ishrat salim May 17, 2017 12:45pm

@Talha Who cares for the nation, any way.

Foreman May 17, 2017 12:49pm

@SYED HASSAN HASEEB .....Everyone is very closely netted with each other. Whether Military or Politicians their aim is the same. Curtains have been removed, each and every face looks alike rather working jointly.

patriot May 17, 2017 01:29pm

Our Interior minister is only good for bragging about how good a person he is. No noticeable action has been taken by him so far.

Settlement May 17, 2017 01:35pm

Pakistan is the country of settlement and not a country where there is rule of law and justice.

Case settled May 17, 2017 01:46pm

Pakistanis should know that the DHA City scam case is already settled by closed door back channel diplomacy between civil and military parties.

Nasir London May 17, 2017 01:46pm

Where there is a financial embezzlement Government beares are definitely involved and that is the story of Pakistan.

justice May 17, 2017 01:50pm

In Pakistan, justice if it is done is against the blue collar criminals and not against the white collar criminals.

Mahmud May 17, 2017 01:51pm

Surprise surprise!!!

expose May 17, 2017 01:56pm

If Kamran Kayani is arrested then he will expose the politician in the government who are involved in the scam and hence he will not be arrested and prosecuted.

Kr May 17, 2017 01:57pm

What a balance of Justice!

At one side he is facilitating powerful people with extra leverage

However,on the other side he is willing to snatch the right of freedom of expression from citizens of Pakistan in the wake of national interests.

In my Opinion: Mr Nisar is a phenomena, which has only ability to tease the ordinary citizen of Pakistan.

In Sum: Freedom of expression in Pakistan has become more notorious crime than DHA Scam, Panama,Energy Scams etc

Syed May 17, 2017 02:01pm

I had bought the plot from DHA. I don't give a damn if there is somebody called Kamran Kayani or any other. If DHA couldn't give me the plot in DHA City then it should have provided me a plot in some other project in in the same city. I had to eventually sell that plot in much lower price then i had bought. Its a shame that DHA, while using the name of the Army is running away from its responsibility. I could bear the loss but DHA should also think about the people who had invested their life savings in their project which has now turned out to be a scam. Shame on you!

great job May 17, 2017 02:05pm

Interior minister is saving democracy. Great job by the minister. :)

lovely May 17, 2017 02:09pm

@Ash20 : "UNTOUCHABLES" What a word BRAVO!

DHA Scam Effectee May 17, 2017 02:10pm

I am one of the effectee due to this scam and reading this news doesn't give any pleasure at all. Like other this is our hard earned money and we invested in this just because DHA name was involved. If this institution also looses its credibility then there is no hope left.

Khalid Ashraf May 17, 2017 02:13pm

This is clear cut case to examine the honesty and integrity of our head of Armed Forces Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as well as our present Chief Justice to bring the accused into Court of Law.This will set a positive message for the general public.There should be no exemption in the Country.It is hoped that suo moto action will be taken in this case by our Chief Justice.

Muhammad qasim May 17, 2017 02:15pm

Justice must be done. It is very difficult to act against powerful but it must be done.

JS May 17, 2017 02:21pm

Selective justice is worse than injustice is also worse than justice delayed & justice denied.....Keep making us proud Minister X, Court Y, Authority Z of your brilliant random displays of justice for some, victimisation for others, clean chits for the unclean, amnesia & blindness in other cases.....

Parvez May 17, 2017 02:26pm

Why am I not surprised ?

imdadali May 17, 2017 02:30pm

Interior ministry is on foot steps of old saying might is right. there is double standard in the country as separate line is for poor and special line for elite as keeping this thinking in view our law is moved by those who are having its rein in their hands.

Mirza May 17, 2017 02:32pm

No justice in Pakistan, no landlord no billionaire no powerful will ever get what they deserve for the corruption for the destruction of Pakistan.

Mirza May 17, 2017 02:33pm

@Talha All are it's just a gimmick that they make the people think that they care for country.

Marina May 17, 2017 02:44pm

Bring him back and present him to court for judging his corruption and if it was helped by his brother in getting lucrative deals and contracts then he too should be held accountable

Khan-haqiqi May 17, 2017 03:07pm

Not a day gone when interior minister talked about Altaf Hussain red warrants, Pakistani law does not apply on rich and powerful

Anuradha May 17, 2017 03:18pm

And these are the guys who will implement cpec

KHAN May 17, 2017 03:19pm

When the chief can take soumoto why cant the prime minister.

Muslim May 17, 2017 03:21pm

Tomorrow when they (current team) will not be in power their loot and plunder will also be written off. Looters facilitate the other looters.

Dr Tariq May 17, 2017 03:26pm

No accountability of big fish in this country.These Cruel people took money of widows,Martyers,retired and middle income class people,I pray Almighty give them punishment in this world and on the day of judgement also.Amen Last 70 years no justice in this country Don't give me electricity or water Only Give me JUSTICE

atif May 17, 2017 03:34pm

ok Mr Nisar is following the famous "let bygones be bygones", Mr Nisar if DHA city scam is difficult to handle..then kindly sort of the Bankers City Scam. The party behind it is not very strong , i am sure you will handle them :), besides NAB has recovered all the money from them years back but havent paid a penny to the affected people.I wonder if that amount is still there with NAB or used in the beautification of NAB offices. atleast they should say something if they have used it ... its more than 8 years now.what stopping them to release the held money to affected people.?

murad Jameel May 17, 2017 03:52pm

@atif Sir kiya yad kara diya, I forgot that i am bankers city affected one ..its been years and my hard earned 1 Million PKr is gone, well till now i believe it is ..Hope someone will listen

ABDUL MAJID May 17, 2017 03:58pm


Ch muqeet May 17, 2017 04:02pm

Ch Nisar hasn't delievered a single time in this tenure.

Syed zafAr KAZMI U.s.a May 17, 2017 04:33pm

@Farooq khan er. "It shows PMLN ignores corruption when powerful people are involved." How will PMLN operate its main business that is institutionalized corruption on an infinite scale if it starts against the big guns; sure they know where the mouth is.

Syed zafAr KAZMI U.s.a May 17, 2017 04:35pm

@Ash20 "How can interior ministry take interest? Those are relatives of untouchables. There are so many scams in untouchables that if some audit happen for last 50 years, you will find multi billion dollar scams". UNTOUCHABLES, that is the KEYWORD. Thank you.

Syed zafAr KAZMI U.s.a May 17, 2017 04:40pm

@Anuradha "And these are the guys who will run CPEC". Very aptly said and that alone should give a lot of heart to India.

Ar May 17, 2017 04:49pm

@GoNdal no thanks

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad May 17, 2017 04:53pm

What else can it to save its skin?

Adil Jadoon May 17, 2017 04:53pm

@Disparate because of his own corruption....

Aslam Khan May 17, 2017 05:03pm

Why will the Ministry of Interior bring someone from abroad while the head of the government himself has siphoned money abroad? Only an honest government can arrest corruption.

Salman ahmed May 17, 2017 05:04pm

Holy cows will remain untouchable until people stand against them

Alba May 17, 2017 05:18pm

It shows us how much power Chaudhry Nisar actually has.

Nasir May 17, 2017 05:21pm

It is the victims who will decide what to do with Kamran Kayani and not the Interior Ministry. Victims (if any) should get their money back.

sarcasticallyyours May 17, 2017 05:36pm

You scratch my back, i'll scratch your. Democracy Strengthened. Common man's life goes as it is.

ft May 17, 2017 05:49pm

It's not about interested, Ch nisar is unable even if he was interested!

Sheraz May 17, 2017 05:53pm

DHA is also to be blamed here. DHA knew about the status of the project yet it allowed buying and purchasing of dha city till summer last year. I bought two files from DHA Phase 6 head office. DHA can't just raise its hands now after earning billions of rupees in transfer fees on these thousands of files.

Kamal May 17, 2017 06:00pm

I do not understand why this hue and cry ? This is present day Pakistan where such things are normal. Everybody from top to bottom is free to mint money unchecked through corruption and shady deals. If we want democracy, we should not object to it and tolerate it as a routine matter without raising our blood pressures.

Khanm May 17, 2017 08:13pm

Wonder what makes u loose interest in a scam.. doesn't it come under the jurisdiction of law enforcing agencies and under the rule of law if more than a certain amount is involved it becomes federal concern..When I consider Life, 'tis all a cheat; Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit; Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay: To-morrow's falser than the former day; Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest With some new joys, cuts off what we possesst. folks..People lie and scam because we are too stupid to understand it

Aamir Latif May 18, 2017 11:05am

Ch. Nisar, please conee out of your hide out and explain the delay and why no action is taken to bring the criminal back..... or another story of corruption that goes to cold storage........

m.kHALIL UR rEHMAN May 18, 2017 05:16pm

Chaudhry Nisar Sahib, You are man of integrity. 11700 effectees of DHA city Lahore Scam are looking at you. Why red warrants for Mr.Kiyani are not being issued.