NAB files reference filed against QDA officials

QUETTA: National Accountability Bureau Balochistan has filed Reference with the Accountability Court against the officials of Quetta Development Authority (QDA) for committing Rs 417.054 corruption by creating as many as 2176 additional plots and subsequently allotting the same to persons of their choice.

NAB Balochistan in its reference filed with the Accountability Court held Mohammad Zakir, Ex Director General QDA, Zafar Iqbal Magsi, Ex Director State, Zahir Hussain Bugti, Acting Director Town Planning QDA and Akhtar Mohammad, Ex Assistant Estate QDA accused of committing massive corruption which caused huge loss to the national exchequer.

Government of Balochistan had approved rehabilitation scheme for construction of “Hazarganji Commercial Complex, Quetta” assigning QDA to plan and execute the project.

In this connection, a land measuring 500 acre was transferred to QDA by Board of Revenue with the object to shift Bus Ada, Truck Ada, Vegetable Market, Dry Fruit Market, Grain Market, Garage Complex and Business Complex to Hazarganji, outskirt of Quetta.

As per the master plan, a total of 964 plots were approved for the Hazarganji Commercial Complex.

However, the accused officials of the QDA in collusion with each other fraudulently created 2176 additional plots in areas earmarked for amenity plots, mosques, waiting hall and parking bays.

Besides, areas earmarked for shops were reduced in order to create more commercial plots for vested interests.

Taking the notice of the gross illegality and massive corruption and corrupt practices DG NAB took cognizance of the matter and authorized an inquiry into the scam which was later converted into investigation.

On the basis of ample evidence against QDA officials, NAB Balochistan has filed reference in the accountability court.