Lahore: NICL accused seeks withdrawal of red warrants
LAHORE: Khalid Anwar Khan, one of the accused in NICL scam now living in USA, has requested the FIA authorities to withdraw red warrants issued against him since he had not withdrawn even a penny from his account while the entire amount had been withdrawn by other partners and associates whom the FIA knows very well.
In a letter to the FIA authorities, delivered by his lawyer, he said he acted only as an attorney appointed to sign and execute the papers and that he was not involved in any way or manner in the negotiations and sale of terms of the property involved.
This said property measuring 10 acres situated at Deh Phiac, Korangi Township, Karachi was sold to NICL for Rs900 million, which has now been evaluated by NESPAK at Rs400 million.
Khalid Khan also claimed that he did not retain any money in his account and just signed cheques in the name of different persons as instructed by his friend, who died in Air Blue crash in Margalla Hill Islamabad.
Tracing the background of the event which ultimately landed him in deep trouble as the special court had even issued red warrants against him, Khalid Anwar Khan claimed that one of his close friends, Zafar Saleem Qureshi, ex-Director Sindh Workers Welfare Fund, approached him and told him about a good opportunity for investment.
On account of trust and confidence Anwar had in Zafar Saleem he agreed but when the land was purchased in 2004 instead of a sale deed, the power of attorney was executed in his name. In August 2009, Khalid Khan reached Pakistan on the request of Zafar Saleem Qureshi to execute a sale deed in favour of NICL.
As per his letter addressed to FIA and NICL authorities, Khalid Khan said: “On reaching Pakistan I was instructed by my friend Zafar Saleem to open a joint account with one Khawaja Akbar Butt, a cousin of Mr Zafar Saleem. I signed papers and executed the sale deed on 21-8-2009 for transfer of 10 acres of the property for a total price of Rs900 million. The payment was made by NICL through two cheques of Rs450 million each. The cheques were received by Mr Zafar Saleem Qureshi who deposited the same in my joint account and asked me to write cheques in favour of different persons. I did not retain any money in my account and just signed cheques in the name of different persons as instructed. Not a single penny was used by me out of the said sale proceeds”.
Khalid Anwar Khan came to know of his being accused in the FIR registered by the FIA following a suo moto action taken by the Supreme Court following which he immediately contacted the widow of Zafar Qureshi to ascertain what went wrong in the deal but could not find any answer since the widow of Zafar Saleem was also not aware about the deal signed with NICL. “I tried to contact other partners and investors in the said property but I was told that some of them were out of country and others had already been arrested.
Then I tried to make telephonic contact with the FIA officials investigating the case to explain that I was only an attorney appointed to sign and execute papers and that I was not involved in any way or manner in the negotiations and sale of terms of the said property”, Khalid claimed.
Khalid Anwar also claimed in his letter that he even sent a small information to Deputy Director FIA Faqir Mohammad, who is investigating the case, for the purpose of explaining his position and was planning to come to Pakistan but has come to know that red warrants had been issued against him by a special court in Karachi.
“I have strenuously tried to convince other parties involved to return the amount, which is evaluated by NESPAK at Rs400 which is Rs500 million, to NICL but my requests have fallen on deaf ears. This amount should be recovered from the persons who actually received the money and who have already been traced by the FIA”.
Khalid Anwar expressed his wish to prove his innocence before authorities to get his name cleared from any wrongdoing and requested the authorities concerned to withdraw the red warrants or move appropriate application before the special court for withdrawal of red warrants. “As security, I am willing to execute a mortgage deed of remaining 10 acre land in favour of NICL, the value of which has already been assessed at Rs400 million by NESPAK, which will amply cover NICL’s shortfall in price and will provide adequate security against any risk”, Khalid Anwar concluded.