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Personal Staff Office (PSO) to Prime Minister Imran Khan , Muhammad Ali has allegedly earned million of rupees as hefty bribe from the office bearers of Ministry of Commerce Employee’s Cooperative Housing Society, when he was working as Registrar Cooperatives in  Islamabad Capital Territory  (ICT).

Though National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has apprehended President , Vice President and Finance Secretary of the  Ministry of Commerce Employee’s Cooperative Housing Society on the charges of large scale corruption in the affairs of the society , but no action was taken against former Registrar Muhammad Ali  yet, as he is now working on the influential  slot of personal staff officer to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

A complainant while submitting his application to Secretary Establishment Division allege that registrar Cooperative Housing Societies Muhammad Ali has committed corruption of approximately Rs 540 million from the owners  of different  housing societies in the capacity of Register (Cooperatives) , besides collecting money on commercial plots through his real brother Mehmood Ali who has a property business in Islamabad.

A number of applications were given to registrar Muhammad Ali in Ministry of Commerce Employee’s Cooperative Housing Society scam subsequently two inquiry officers appointed in two different inquiries and in that inquiries, the society president Rana Ghulam Farid was reportedly found involved in fraud and deceiving the people despite the fact registrar did not take action against the culprit.

The complainant further alleges that Muhammad ali is protecting that person which is why the effected people have given applications to NAB also. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is  also doing investigation not only in this case but a number of others societies.

The accounts of society had been freeze upon surfacing the corruption proofs in Nab inquiry in January 2016 eventually society committee directed to stop the work. On the other hand,  the society committee had given an application to NAB to open the bank accounts in May 2016 upon which the NAB unfreeze the bank accounts but  meanwhile directed registrar cooperate Muhammad ali not only to take report from society on monthly basis but no extra expenditure be made except some work.

Despite restrictions from debiting the money from money accounts, the society committee withdrawn Rs 400 million in the name of development work whereas society neither approved layout plan from concerned department or TMQA Texila neither got  NOC, despite all these registrar cooperate keep mum on this matter and supported the criminals in this case.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Engineering Council in its report also declared that society administration has done nothing to develop the society.

In another inquiry in this case, Magistrate Sadar also recommended to take action against society president and managing committee over the corruption charges however while implementing the recommendation of Magistrate, registrar Muhammad Ali appointed assistant commissioner rural as new inquiry officer on the request of accused on March 2017.

Interestingly assistant commissioner rural also made responsible the society president in its inquiry and recommended to appoint administrator while suspending the managing committee, the application revealed, registrar on the time mere issued show cases notice to them but no concrete action taken against them.

Affected people in January 2017 filed another application to registrar to freeze the society banks accounts upon that the registrar transferred the case to deputy registrar Maryam Mumtaz. She had reserved the decision in April 2017 but did not announce the decision despite passage of one year.

The complainant allege that society president and managing committee sold 350 fake transfer files of  above said society in market similarly an amount worth of Rs 540 million transferred from the bank  situated in F7 Markez Islamabad and Muhammad Ali and Muryam Mumtaz is part and parcel in this  corruption scam.

The application requested Secretary Establishment Division while appointing the inquiry  office held the inquiry in this matter. It is pertinent to mention here that Muhammad ali during his  service severed in the land department earlier he had severed in deputy registrar cooperate societies ICT, director commercial estate management II CDA, director labour and manpower ICT and director  development and finance ICT.

Currently, Forty seven cooperate housing societies have been working under the Cooperative department Islamabad (ICT) but neither most of the owners have taken NOC from the relevant authority not society has been established, the application stated.