NAB arrests ex-DG of KDA over alleged fake auction of plots


KARACHI: The Karachi chapter of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested the former director general (DG) of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) over allegations of conducting fake open public auction of land and record tampering.

Nasir Abbas was taken into custody on Wednesday along with his two accomplices Javed Ahmed alias Javed Kancha and Raza Qazalbash. Abbas was arrested from Central Prison Karachi whereas the other two accused persons were arrested late from their residences.

The accused were arrested in an inquiry instituted on the charges of conducting a fake open public auction and tampering with title records of around 50 precious plots of the KDA for doling out these plots to favorites worth Rs 2 billion against illegal gratification.

The said plots are around 400 in number, whereas 50 such plots are part of Block 6 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar Karachi.

As per the preliminary interrogation, the accused Javed Ahmed, a retired KDA official, was reappointed by Abbas and had been serving as his PSO for two years. He has been charged for processing forged title records of plots for illegal sanction and has been hand in glove with Nasir Abbas in organised crime of fake auctions and illegal allotments of precious plots to their blue-eyed persons.

He has been acting as a main front man of Nasir Abbas. The preliminary interrogations have revealed that accused Raza Qazalbash is brother in law of Nasir Abbas and has been charged for misappropriating precious properties in the posh area by way of forgery in title documents, worth more than Rs. 200 million.

He has been an alleged active abettor of Nasir Abbas and has been handling, layering and managing illegal proceeds of offences committed by Nasir Abbas for embezzlement of KDA’s assets.