From Abdul Jabbar Khan
Karachi - As the chief of Public
Accounts Committee and leader of opposition in the
National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is
reported to have taken a serious view on the
question of allotments of plots in DHA Islamabad,
the Transparency International has alleged the
Public Procurement Rule’ violation and prayed the
Supreme Court for an action, highly placed sources
confided to The Daily Mail.
show that although the case is old yet it requires
to be dispensed with soon. However, the DHA
authorities have not shown seriousness to remove
anomalies, arresting the trend of corruption and
stopping forthwith irregularities in the land
allocation, appropriation and allotment.
Transparency International referred to its various
letters on alleged violation by DHA Islamabad and
finally the complain was made on 5th July 2010 by
overseas buyers at the overseas sector of DHA. A
reminder was also sent on 14th October by
Transparency International Pakistan.
state of affairs has earned a bad name to the
country and its government and allied subordinate
organisations. The Transparency and Public
Accounts Committee took serious notices of the
situation where DHA had failed to clarify the
allegations in payment and allotment of plots to
the overseas buyers.
It is alleged that DHA has
violated the requirement of PPRA Ordinance 2002
and Public Procurement Rules 2004 and DHA
Islamabad Ordinance 2005 and 2007 which awarded
contracts to M/s Bahria Town and M/s Habib Rafiq
Limited worth billions of rupees comprising
thousands of acres to M/s Bahria Town and Habib
Rafiq Limited 2009 for “DHA Valley and DHA Valley
Overseas Block” and contract of HRL on 18th May,
2006 for the development of Phase-I Extension and
earth an breaking ceremony was carried out on 6th
June. The total area under consideration for
development is 1500 acres in Phase-I extension.
The DHA also awarded contracts against rules
to M/s J.I.N. Associates Marketing Agency and
contract of M/s Meinhardt Pakistan Pvt Limited
2006, for providing consultancy services on
development of Phase II DHA did not clarify
alleged violations for the reasons known best to
the DHA officials.
The TI Pakistan is of the
view that DHA Islamabad is blatantly violating the
laws which are applicable to DHA Islamabad.
These two laws are very clear: Relevant
sources said that DHA Islamabad was established
under the Federal Law DHA Islamabad Ordinance 2005
and also controlled by the Ministry of Defence.
PPRA Letter to Ministry of Defence, dated 15 June
2009 also confirmed this position which is
applicable on DHA Islamabad.
violation of law, reported by the complainant, is
that though even DHA Islamabad has not been
authorised to collect municipal charges, taxes,
which is only allowed to the local government of
the Cantonment Board, under the laws of Pakistan
but DHA has allowed these charges, as maintenance
charges to be paid to M/s Bahria Town and M/s
Habib Rafique Limited for 25 years.
sources said, if the investigations were carried
out by a credible agency with no political
interest thereof, it would certainly lead to
massive financial irregularities, nepotism and
favoritism at the cost of the national