Sadiqabad: Booked ex-minister ‘threatens’ plaintiff to withdraw FIR
SADIQABAD: An ex-Punjab minister for revenue has started hurling threats at a social worker for getting a case registered against the former for allegedly plundering development funds in tehsil Sadiqabad, and urging the petitioner to withdraw the case.
However, Rana Izharul Hassan, a resident of Jinnah Park Rahim Yar Khan, has refused to withdraw the case, linking the case withdrawal to returning of the funds millions of rupees to the government exchequer.
Talking to the media, the appellant said, “The supporters of former provincial minister for revenue Shaukat Dawood including Muhammad Shafiq are hurling threats at him via phone and forcing him to withdraw the case.” He was of the view that the financial corruption is a robbery of public money and an abuse of power. He also pledged that he would not tolerate such nefarious acts, pressing the accused to walk on right path and return the plundered money to the government.
Earlier, the Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) registered eight different cases against the former minister, former Sadiqabad tehsil naib nazim Akmal Warrind, Executive Engineer Maqsood Anjum, tehsil officers Asghar Ali Bajwa, Nadeem Abbas, Ayaaz Anjum and another former tehsil nazim Dr Taloot Saleem Bajwa for allegedly spending development funds on their own property.
According to the FIR 63/11 dated 2-11 2011, Rana Izharul had submitted an application three years ago to the ACE Bahawalpur director against them, saying that a Kachi Abadi or slum area was approved in Sadiqabad during the regime of former PM Muhammad Khan Junejo. These people changed the lists of slum areas and got registered the land of these areas in their names.
Similarly, in the new fruit market in Abid Town, there is no Kachi Abadi, but they showed it a Kachi Abadi and got commercial plots worth millions allotted to their relatives’ names and each shop was sold for Rs4 to 5 million. There was also a 4-kanal plot allotted for a school in Abid Town but these persons showed it as Kachi Abadi and registered it in the names of their relatives including Azam Warriach. Azam Warriach sold this plot for millions of rupees to the former naib nazim. There are many other allegations of corruption against them. When contacted, Circle Officer Anti-Corruption Mehar Mehar Nazar Hussain said that anti-corruption teams would visit Rahim Yar Khan, probe the issue and submit a report to the director anti-corruption.
Afterwards, he added, the accused would be ordered to return the plundered money and if they failed to do so, a judicial action would be sough against them and they would be arrested.
Earlier, ACE Rahim Yar Khan Deputy Director Tariq, on the behalf of former circle officer inspector Ch Fayyaz, had said that that the ACE investigated the matter thoroughly on merit. He added that Ch Fayyaz had been transferred to Khanewal and circle officer inspector Mahar Nazar had assumed the charge of the office.