NAB files references against CDA officials, mall owner


ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi NAB on Thursday filed a reference against Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials and the owner of Safa Gold Mall in Islamabad accountability court.

According to details, CDA officials including former deputy director general Ghulam Murtaza Malik, former director Khalil Ahmad, former deputy director (BCS) Muhammad Ammar Idrees, CDA Assistant Director Khadim Hussain and Rana Abdul Qayyum, the owner of Safa Gold Mall, in connivance with each other allowed the deduction of circulation/services area from the permissible area and thus allowed the construction of more stories on the mall plot in violations of terms of allotment letter.

Accused Rana Abdul Qayyum, being an allottee of the plot, wilfully, with criminal intent and in collusion with CDA officials gained illegal favours and undue benefits which caused a loss to the authority of about Rs1.07 billion. All five accused persons were arrested on November 20, 2017, and remained in NAB custody until November 27, 2017.

Later on, they were sent to judicial custody.

Rawalpindi NAB DG Irfan Naeem Mangi said that in light of the directions of NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, all-out efforts were being made to recover the looted money from swindlers and corrupt individuals.

He said that NAB chairman has categorically directed all officers and officials of the anti-corruption watchdog to proactively pursue corruption cases as per NAB’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) transparently and on merit, and take necessary measures to arrest the corrupt people and proclaimed offenders in order to eradicate corruption from the country.