Islamabad: Federal Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad today, decided to constitute a committee to investigate the mishandling of Bahria Town money that was illegally transferred to and later confiscated in the United Kingdom but was not returned to Pakistan’s national exchequer.
Briefing the media persons after the Cabinet meeting along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Petroleum Musadiq Malik, Minister for Communication Asad Mahmood and Advisor to PM on Kashmir Affairs Qamar Zaman Kaira, he said the committee would thoroughly investigate the matter and what ever finding, case would be followed accordingly.
He said that the then so called ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ Prime Minister Imran Khan took approval of an agreement on December 3, 2019 without allowing the members to read it although some of them sought clarification.
The issue was also widely reported and highlighted in the media, he added.
He said National Crime Agency of United Kingdom confiscated over Rs 50 billion of Bahria Town which had been transferred against the law. Under the UK law, it was the property of State of Pakistan, he added.
However, the minister said former SAPM Mirza Shahzad Akbar acted a role of ‘broker’ for the former premier. Imran Khan’s corruption czar Mirza Shahzad Akbar settled Rs 50 billion and got a Rs 5 billion commission which was tantamount to looting the public money, he said.
Sana Ullah said that the former government led by so called ‘Mr Clean’ settled the said huge amount as liability against Bahria Town. The former government provided a big relief to the Bahria Town by taking its due share, he added.
He said the Bahria Town donated and transferred 458 Kanals of precious land to Al-Qadir Trust after the agreement.
Ironically, the signatories of the agreement were former first lady Bushra Babi and the donor (Bahria Town), he added.
He said there were only two trustees of Al-Qadir Trust namely Bushra Babi and Imran Khan.
Similarly, the minister said that 240 kanals of land was transferred in the name of Farah Shahzadi wife of Ahsan Iqbal Jameel in Banigala. Farah Shahzadi did not escape because of taking diamond rings rather she ran away to escape questioning on illegal transfer of 240 kanals land in Banigala.
Sana Ullah said that there was no university at the site rather Bahria Town organized all functions held there during visits of Imran Khan.
He said Imran Khan received his due share in all such matters and it was a direct plundering of public money.
Meanwhile speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Petroleum, Senator Dr. Musadik Malik said the plundered money that was caught in United Kingdom should have been returned to national exchequer, however it was gifted to one who actually was fined.
He elaborated, the money was caught under Economic Crimes Act and according to this act it should be returned to the country it belongs to. He said out of court settlement was done at a time when this case was being heard.
However, who represented Pakistan in the settlement was still a mystery, he said adding that the country could only be represented by Attorney general of Pakistan or Ministry of Law. No one else can sign any agreement, contract or do any other signature at international level, he maintained.
He said, there was no document in the office of Attorney General or Ministry of Law that indicated somebody was given authority to go to England for the settlement.
He said, out of court settlement was done and the money that was to be given to government of Pakistan, was deposited in the account of supreme court registrar.
He said, for saving the out of court settlement cabinet approval was sought in the matter and resultantly cabinet was forced to approve something which was hidden in a letter without allowing the members even to read it.
He said, the letter was given by Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Shahzad Akbar to Imran Khan for cabinet approval he said and added that according to law no SAM could bring summary to the cabinet.
He said, who gave clearance to it, there was nothing available anywhere in ministry of Interior, Finance, Foreign Affairs or Attorney General Office.
Minister for Communication Asad Mahmood said that Imran Khan used religion and slogan of corruption as a tool for coming into power besides personal gains.
The former government committed record corruption during its three and half years tenure, he added.
He said Imran Khan came into to power through some agenda and time has proved our party claim.
He said the government gave a balanced budget in current circumstance in mere two months time.
To a question, the interior minister said fake and political motivated cases were registered against our leadership by the past government. Not a single case of corruption could not proved, he added.