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Three troubles for Bahria chief Malik Riaz

Published Jun 07, 2012 09:08pm


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ISLAMABAD, June 7: Troubles are said to come in threes. And this stands true for property tycoon Malik Riaz.

The man with the Midas touch is not just facing some mysterious health issues and a Supreme Court case about his alleged links with Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, but his troubles appear to include an initial probe by the National Accountability Bureau in what is described by some as a land scam worth Rs62 billion.

The scam is linked to allegations levelled by a former military officer Tariq Kamal against Riaz and the Defence Housing Authority for depriving about 150,000 people of their residential plots.

When asked by Dawn if NAB’s Rawalpindi office had received any application about Bahria Town’s alleged land fraud, the bureau’s spokesman Zafar Iqbal said: “The investigations are in preliminary stages and we are verifying the claim made by the former military officer. Once the claim is verified, the investigation will be the second part of the process.”

Lt-Col (retd) Tariq Kamal has been raising a hue and cry for quite some time but observers are wondering whether the case may get a new impetus thanks to the Supreme Court’s suo motu action into allegations that Arsalan Iftikhar took bribe from Malik Riaz.

According to Col Tariq, “the Defence Housing Authority Islamabad has been receiving money in the name of allotment of plots in DHA Phase I Extension, DHA Phase II Extension and DHA Valley since 2009.”

The schemes were launched that year by the Defence Housing Authority.

“DHA-I and DHA-II are developed housing societies, but DHA Valley is yet to be developed,” Col Tariq said.

However, he said, people who had paid money to get the plots found that they were fooled because they were deliberately kept in dark by the DHA management about the agreement between DHA-I and Bahria Town over land development.

Col Tariq said that in 2009 the DHA had “transferred all the funds raised from the public, which were Rs62 billion, to the accounts of Bahria Town”.

The retired colonel has worked for the DHA as director for urban planning.

Since starting his campaign to get dues of the victims back, Col Tariq has also set up a social networking site page. Titled “Stand-up for your Right”, where the former officer narrated his version of events as well as displayed copies of the official complaint registered with a local police station and a letter sent to NAB.

Col Tariq said: “Those who got cheated include 110,000 civilians, 41,000 serving and retired military officers, jawans and families of martyrs. Total land in question is 165,000 kanals.” These figures related only to DHA Valley project.

According to this page, Malik Riaz started development activity on 10,000 kanals designated for DHA Valley in 2009.

Once this process began, the Defence Housing Authority Islamabad (DHAI) bosses transferred Rs62 billion into the account of Malik Riaz without any guarantee and “against the advice of DHAI legal advisers Ahmer Bilal Soofi & Co.” The amount was earned by the sale of all the planned plots in the valley.

Col Tariq said: “Those DHAI employees who objected to the illegal steps were sacked immediately.”

He alleged that the development of the valley stopped shortly afterwards and that Riaz used the money elsewhere for his personal benefits.

Because of the agreements, DHAI is unable to take any decision or action on the matter.

Col Tariq insists that an investigation should be carried out to pinpoint the officials who misused their authority and “compromised DHAI’s reputation to benefit a property tycoon widely known for land grabbing”. When approached by this reporter, the public relations officer of Bahria Town, Ms Nida, said: “It’s a huge amount (Rs62 billion) and it’s impossible but if you need a version I can only give it to you once I consult the relevant officials in this regard.”


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hidayat Jun 08, 2012 03:09pm
Another excellent precedent has been set by CJ by taking suo moto against his own son. Thats what we need in Pakistan and not what zardaris, elahis, sharifs, and gilanis do. The difference is quite clear. No one should be above the law. Come on CJ!!
Irfan Jun 08, 2012 01:31pm
I am failed to understand simple logic, " how a cheater n mafia don can be cheated by half of his age young?" Arsalan needs hundred of years counter such cheating experience.
Mansour Jun 08, 2012 01:33pm
CJ has a lot to answer. Even when Pervez Musharraf suspended him, there were credible charges against him, which still have not been investigated. PMLN used his suspension for political gains against Musharraf. Ch Iftikhar is no saint. I welcome a thorough investigation into his and sons dealings going back to 2005.
Pakistan Zindabad Jun 08, 2012 08:32pm
In Pakistan, you have to aware of the skeletons in your own closets because we have some really strong blackmailers in some strong positions who can create and then use information to twist arms. We have seen that happen to our politicians (and all of them, yes) and the bureaucracy. As for the CJ, what goes up comes down sir.
Moe Jun 08, 2012 08:24pm
I think we have a very serious issue about creditability of all the people involved here. As we know, the judges cannot use physical force to implement their decisions in each and very case. People accept their judgements becuase there is moral force behind their verdicts. So, in my humble opinion, chief justice has to come clean on this matter. If these allegations are true (and I insist these are allegations at this statge), then a very big question arises as to how and why chief justice was not aware of what was going on under his very nose! How come he never asked Arsalan-how are you paying for these luxurious trips with whole family? How are you driving these expensive cars and shopping at most expensive stores in London? I read somewhere ignorance is no excuse in law, so pleading ignorance will not do in this case.
Reality Jun 08, 2012 06:40pm
So now people will decide if corruption occurred or not ? And how can they do that ? It should be decided by court , not people. Only court can see all the documents related to corruption and decide.
Ghulam Hussain, NYC Jun 08, 2012 06:11pm
The suo moto action taken by CJ is commendable. It is time we stand in solidarity with the supreme court and CJ. Malik Rias and his ilk must face the consequences of their conpiracy.
Khan Jun 08, 2012 04:55pm
we must and should stand with the honorable Chief Justice who is the last hope for the people of Pakistan. We must give strong message to the conspirators that your plan to destroy judiciary will never succeed. Malik Riaz along with co associate wants to destroy the judicial system through the massive accumulated the ill gotten money. we must stand up as "it is now or never".
Razi Jun 08, 2012 04:35pm
Time to stand with CJ. The anti-development and corrupt officials and politicians are using this moment to malign CJ. But the common citizen is behind CJ. It is now or never time.
Alvi Jun 08, 2012 10:54am
ZAB is meant for Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. None of these people exist when he was PM and infact were no bodies at the time. Can you explain whom you meant for ZAB here?
Farhan Jun 08, 2012 10:48am
Yes and we believe that the CJ desire's to earn justice for the people. We all know what the current dispensation's unholy desires are the CJ is only person standing in their way. You will notice that all anti-CJ Pakistanis fall into two categories, or rather one category: pro-Musharraff & pro-Zardari. These are the people clapping gleefully at this turn of events.
YaseenMirza Jun 08, 2012 10:35am
A very strange and never imagined incident took place few days ago. We saw in media reports that the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry,Dr.Arsalan is involved in money scam with a property tycoon Malik Riaz. This was a great blow for those who struggled for the independce of judiciary. The people who supported the restoration of judges are shocked. God knows well that whether it was planned move of opponents of this judiciary to destroy the image of superior judiciary and specially the chief justice. But we strongly demand transparent inquiry of this matter and the culprits should punished, no matter it's Dr. Arsalan.
Tanner Jun 08, 2012 10:32am
We agree with Mr. Irfan comments case of Malik Riaz is just a tip of the ice. There are many other such real estate/property tycoons in Pakistan who stool n by force grabbed people's land/property, let alone made fake sales deeds n took over their land/property. Irony is that actual owners are facing / being sucked by lawyers n years of fruitless litigation further drain their cash/valuables and crooks are living/enjoying lavish life style. During recent visit we were told that Lahore court land records office was burned, Patwaris were kidnapped n thousands of acres of land in Rywind, thoukar niaz baig n Ali reza Abad was transferred on the name one ECL company (owned by renowned individual who's also untouchable) No, Suo Moto notice ever taken. interestingly some owners doesn't even know what has happened n those who came to know are rotting in courts.
Bashir Khattak Jun 08, 2012 12:24pm
Well done the most Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. You are doing very well and trying your best to write the golden chapter of brave Pakistani in the history.. All the people of Pakistan backed you along with your sincere friends when you stood fast against the General Pervez Musharraf Ex- President . When you got success in your just struggle , You promised to the whole nation that you will uphold the flag of justice and merit in Pakistan in all circumstances. In all the cases you are doing Justice and upholding the merit and you stood very fast like a rock against the wrong doers irrespective of their status , position , rank &, most powerfull people.All the nation is seeing this in a transparent manner. Inshaallah all the nation is standing with you and your friends in this sacred duty which you are doing to the whole nation. we are proud of you and pray alot for your shining success and overcomming of day to day problems. Long live Ever live . You have a courage . You are a brave Man. You are our MOHSEN , MOHSEN, MOHSEN of all the nation.
Ajamal Jun 08, 2012 10:23am
It is "now or never" for Pakistan to unravel tentacles of this huge mafia. Ch. Nisar conceded recently in an interview with Kashif Abbasi that indeed very days back Malik Riaz had met Nawaz Sharif with message from ZAB for PML-N to appoint their PM and in fact proposed names of Shahbaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar. This once again proves that PPP and PML (all factions) are the PARTIES OF STATUS QUO.
manzoor ahmed Jun 08, 2012 10:03am
You are correct, Now it is crystal clear WHO ARE BEHIND IT. The verdict is over.
r.s.soni Jun 08, 2012 09:59am
my dear fazal nizmani, you admire cjp. fine . but shakespeare has said every man has a desire and business.please keep it in your mind
Mohammad Shabbir Jun 10, 2012 05:20pm
May Allah make this move for total cleaning of Pakistan from corrupt people and help those who are righteous. May Allah save us from corrupt.
Agha Ata Jun 09, 2012 01:07pm
The Greed Syndrome: Greed is caused by insecurity, insecurity is caused by bad governance, and the bad governance is cause by greed ....
hashmizazai Jun 09, 2012 10:14am
First ppp distanced itself from this scam and now gradually exposing its real intentions of defaming Honorable CJ . PPP is bound to taste its worst defeat at the hands of Imran Khan.
Khizr Jun 08, 2012 03:36pm
Lately, media has played a very important role in helping uncover the white collar crimes. it is commendable. It is a big test for the CJ to make sure justice prevails.
Watcher Jun 08, 2012 02:57pm
Stop wasting your time on these comments. Do something to change things.
M A Janjua Jun 08, 2012 12:15pm
Illegal possession of others lands is not a now phenomenon ,I purchased a plot measuring 27 marlas in chaptered area of Jhelum cantt in 1974 and it was very much in my name till around 1997 but then a jhony with the backing of of political influentials grabbed it. Though my name is still in the papers but that very plot has been sold a few times of course through revenue department. Where to complain, met the D.C who checked records and said plot is in my name but never could do justice. There are thousands helpless people like me.
Irfan Jun 08, 2012 09:14am
Money has biggest power - he will remain untoched, no body can do anything especially when each and every person is corrupt.
Saeed Jun 08, 2012 02:00pm
I lived in same street where malik riaz used to live before starting bahria town. he was only a middle class person and suddenly he became one of the most powerful land grabber in pakistan. SC must take notice of how a civilian able to use the name of Bahria and how many generals, admirals and air marshals are involve in it. Unfortunately he is a two faced person. one side he is looting common people and other side he is doing some welfare work.. but over all he along with our corrupt generals have become multi billionaire. SC must take notice of this and also try to find those generals who are hiding behind him and got loads and loads of money without any ones knowledge
Mohammed S. Khan Jun 08, 2012 12:50pm
The people of Pakistan has every right to know the deeds and mis-deeds of Mr Riaz Malik, How he has become real estate tycoon? And what resources he has had used for becoming such a tycoon needs thorough judicial investigation.
M A Janjua Jun 08, 2012 12:46pm
Illegal possession of others lands is not a now phenomenon ,I purchased a plot measuring 27 marlas in chaptered area of Jhelum cantt in 1974 and it was very much in my name till around 1997 but then a jhony with the backing of of political influentials grabbed it. Though my name is still in the papers but that very plot has been sold a few times of course through revenue department. Where to complain, met the D.C who checked records and said plot is in my name but never could do justice.
Yawar Jun 08, 2012 11:39am
...the public relations officer of Bahria Town, Ms Nida, said: “It’s a huge amount (Rs62 billion) and it’s impossible but if you need a version I can only give it to you once I consult the relevant officials in this regard.” A common tactic used by sophisticated crooks is to make misleading and irrelevent statements to sidestep the issue as in the statement above made by the public relations officer of Bahria Town. If Bahria Town is clear of wrongdoing then they should let the public know that in clear terms and not beat around the bush.
HUSAIN Jun 08, 2012 01:54pm
Is it true or false? It will be proved later. CJ will never yield what so ever. The country will emerge triumphant if Mr. Arsalan is convicted along with Tycoon , Malik Riaz. ( assuming for arguments sake only) or proved innocent. Then others will follow involving billions and trillions without fear and an example will be set our history of 65 years,we are on the verge of making a historic land mark.
Faiz Mohammad Memon Jun 08, 2012 02:18pm
It appears that opponents of the venerable Justice have detrmined once for all to remove him from the way. If the opponents are succeded to achive their their object it will be the day for the destruction of the judiciary.
Fazal Nizamani Jun 08, 2012 09:09am
Government and other agencies seems very active in discrediting Chief Justice by all means. Time has again come to support Chief Justice. People from all circles of life should come forward and support CJ as he is an exceptional Judge our country has seen so far.
Yawar Jun 08, 2012 11:46am
The issue is not about the Chief Justice. It is about his son. These are two different individuals. I just hope in this case the truth comes out.
suneel Kumar Jun 08, 2012 11:50am
May God bless our country , pakistan is become dirty market for all type of corruption every body is playing in others hand and people r irrlevent since independed wise word by wise peope if people become ecnomically collaps it can survive but when it become morally corrupt it will never survive same is case of our so called nation .
Habib Noor Jun 08, 2012 11:06am
what you will say about hazrat omar..
mohammad Jun 09, 2012 02:19am
very nice chief justice. we support you. ALLAH is watching we are sincere
Baffe Wall Jun 09, 2012 02:19am
Another Zardari? Malik Riaz may be the next president of Pakistan.
@omermallhi Jun 09, 2012 03:35am
yeah i wish we can expect this rotee kapraa makaan government to sort this issue out.............................. I WISH
Atif Dogar Jun 10, 2012 03:59pm
Pakistan is a country of corrupt people. No one will be punished, soon the dust will settle. Judges, military, politician all are the beneficiary of the system.
Javed Jun 09, 2012 04:24am
If guilty, Arsalan should be punished. However, Malik Riaz should be the first person to be strung up for corrupting this whole system.
S.M.Shabbir Jun 09, 2012 06:29am
a transparent inquiry with all fairness is needed to handle this sensitive issue . If the son proves gulity then the question will be raise that in a close neted society like Pakistan , can a father holding such a esteemed post remain unnoticify about the changing life style of his son for such a long period
Ammad Malik Jun 09, 2012 06:51am
It's funny how most of the comments suggest 'envy' rather than 'disgust' ; 'how he became so rich?? bla bla' Such is the quality of our educated class. Hence the conundrum we are in.....
tahirali Jun 09, 2012 07:00am
there should be thorough n transparent enquiry against baharia town n facts should be known about arsalan. there is some thing fishy. tahirali
Usman Ghani Khan Jun 09, 2012 07:18am
Entire nation supports CJ but it is also important to wait until probe has proved by panel of judges as to whether or not Dr. Arsalan factually involved in money scam. This is such a pitty as government is using all unfair means and resources to undermine a noble person CJ who is just batteling for unvealing corruption cases and striving to get country money back from swiss banks.
Pak_4ever Jun 09, 2012 08:04am
No doubt Malik Riaz has given new name and trends in property development. However, the business should be transparent. I know one victim, he was retired government employee. Their cooperative housing society was merged in Bahria Town, bahria promisted them to give them their plot. However, after repeated request he never received the plot. There are many land grabbing cases in outskirts of Pindi, the innocent villagers are looted or their land was captured forcefully. The cannot go any where...???Its time for Bahria town to repay..... or else run their business honestly and transparrently..
Fuzail Z. Ahmad Jun 09, 2012 09:54am
In the case of political figures and their families, the people and media sit on judgement, so why should son of CJ Iftikhar be spared?
z.l. Jun 09, 2012 09:55am
Hey, maybe the chief justice is involved. its hard to believe the innocence of his son, the son is for sure guilty and should be punished. the only thing that remains to be seen is was he doing this with the knowledge of his father. which means the chief justice could also be asked to be a witness in this interesting will that be! the media the, the bureacracy, the military, the polictical elite, and now the judiciary are on one train to rob this nation and its people. who suffers at the end the common man!
Muhammad Bashir Khan Jun 09, 2012 09:57am
The present scandal seems to malign the most respected person in Pakistan i.e., Chief Justice of Pakistan. Such efforts are will ultimately fail and the culprits whosoever may be should remember that they will very soon be taken to task.
zaki Jun 09, 2012 06:04pm
sooner or later truth wil unveil itself.lets wait till then.
Sadaqat Jun 10, 2012 12:03pm
True about CJ Iftikhar. He is an exceptional individual and a Judge. May God be with him.
Nadeem Jun 09, 2012 11:55pm
The apple does not fall far from the tree....... In this instance Arsalan being the apple and CJ the tree.
S.Hussain Jun 10, 2012 05:41am
Malik Riaz Sahib many many peoples are with you. I am strongly convinced you are 100% right. Don't worry, God is with you.
Imran UAE Jun 10, 2012 06:46am
The People of Pakistan need to wake up and stop voting into power corrupt and incompetent leaders, the above topic is one of many which has a link to corruption. Unfortunatly whenever corruption is discussed the name of Pakistan pops up. Maybe we are waiting for a further catastrophic warning? Apart from the earth quakes, floods, poverty, terrorism, rampant corruption, could it be the above is Wrath of the one in Heaven???
Khalid AS Khan Jun 10, 2012 07:07am
Case hasn't started yet and you are already at the corner of Malik Riaz. Not many people knows who Malik Riaz is???, but every one knows who Chief justice is and how bravely he is fighting all the corruption in this dear nation of Pakistan. God bless him
Khalid Khwaja Jun 11, 2012 07:37am
What a unfortunate state of affair that DHA authorities transferred Rs.62 billion to Malik Riaz without any guarantee. People at the helm of affairs who did this should be immediately brought under the law and strict action should be taken.
Amirr Jul 25, 2012 12:32pm
What will turn out about the cases regarding Revenue Employees Cooperative Housing Society (RECHS) Rawalpindi?