NAB officials directed to expedite action against dubious housing societies

Verification of complaints against Nawaz, KP government in HEC chairman appointment and 1bn tsunami tree project

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Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD

The country’s top anti-graft body has directed the civic authorities of the twin cities to expedited action against dubious housing societies.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal directed the bureau’s Rawalpindi director-general Irfan Mangi to ensure the return of the looted money to the affected people of housing societies.

The decisions were taken at a meeting with NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal in the chair here on Monday.

The meeting reviewed the progress of the ongoing inquiries, investigations being conducted against illegal private and cooperative housing societies and the steps taken by the civic authorities of the twin cities against dubious societies, which are mushrooming in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
The focus of the meeting was to review the progress on the return of looted money by the fake societies to the affected investors.
Justice Iqbal also directed Mangi to conclude the ongoing inquiries and investigations against the illegal private housing societies as early as possible so that the corrupt elements could be punished as per law.
The chairman directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Islamabad Capital territory (ICT) administration to inform and caution the people about the illegal business of various private housing societies so that they could be saved from losing their money to the dubious societies.
Justice Iqbal directed the officials of the three civic bodies to upload the details of illegal private housing societies operating in the twin cities on their respective websites.
He also asked the people to beware of such societies and invest their savings only in the credible and registered housing schemes that too after complete verification of the societies from relevant civic authorities.

HEC CHAIRMAN APPOINTMENT

The NAB chairman ordered verification of complaint against the deposed, prime minister, Nawaz Sharif in alleged irregularities in appointment of Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman.

It was decided to conduct complaint verification against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Officers of the Establishment Division in the case of alleged illegal appointment of HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed.
The term of the incumbent chief is going to expire in April 2014 as HEC chairperson during the former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.

However, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed’s appointment drew strong criticism from the apex bodies of the universities’ faculties as well as media.

His appointment was also challenged in the Islamabad High Court for violating the principles laid down by the superior courts in judgments on identical matters.

The petitioner contended that the candidates were short-listed without proper homework and without considering their qualifications and relevant working experience.

The candidates were also asked to submit a statement of up to 2,000 words explaining their vision for the HEC but the nominated candidates were exempted from this exercise.

The competent authority, instead of waiting for the proposals and recommendations of the reconstituted search committee, finalised the name of Dr Ahmed on the basis of the first committee’s recommendations.

 

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