Arrest warrant for local builder arrested


Sindh Provincial Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik Thursday issued non-bailable warrant (NWB) of arrest against the owner of Foundation Blessings, Athar Ahmed Siddiqui, for his failure to appear in the hearing of the case under investigation against his construction firm despite various notices.

As he (builder) did not appear in the hearing following which the provincial ombudsman ordered the police to arrest and produce him on April 30, said a press release issued here on Thursday.

An investigation is being carried out by the Ombudsman Secretariat on the complaint filed by an allottee of an apartment in Foundation Blessing Muhammad Idrees, an employee of NED University of Engineering Technology Karachi.

The complainant stated that he had booked an apartment at Foundation Blessings, Block 2, Scheme-36 Karachi in 1996 and paid more than Rs 3,00,000 as per schedule to the builder. The possession was scheduled to be given to him by May 2001. However, the builder abandoned the project incomplete and also failed to refund the money to the complainant and other allottees.

Following delay in completing the project and giving possession of the flat, the complainant took up the matter with the Building Control Authority, but the authority failed to help him and other allottees, therefore, he approached the Provincial Ombudsman Sindh Secretariat and filed a complain against the builder.

While the matter was under investigation at the Ombudsman Secretariat the builder was summoned to clarify his position but he did not appear despite repeated reminders. In view of his non-compliance of the ombudsman ordered to issue a non-bailable warrant for his arrest.