CJP directs AGP to probe disappearance of Islamabad land affectees record


ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday directed the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) to conduct a forensic audit of the disappearance of land record from the revenue division of Sahiwal regarding the affectees of Islamabad land.

CJP Nisar directed that the forensic audit should be completed within three weeks and submit a report in this regard.

According to the directions, the forensic audit should investigate how many eligibility certificates were issued by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Montgomery (former name of Sahiwal district) between 1960 and 2018 and how many eligibility certificate allotments were made and how many are still pending. Besides this, it should be investigated that how many cases of double allotment or lack of allotment and its subsequent satisfaction in Islamabad or elsewhere, exist on CDA record. Finally, the existing status and verification of 1928 cases per the list of CDA Sahiwal should be probed.

It was disclosed in the hearing of agro farm case in the apex court that the record of affectees of Islamabad had disappeared from the revenue division of Sahiwal.

Sources said that the eligibility certificates of three thousand people had disappeared from the revenue division. Officials and a few allotees were responsible for this because they had allotted agro farms in Islamabad to the tune of millions, sources added.

After this matter emerged, the court had directed CDA chairman, Sahiwal commissioner and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct a probe into this matter.

FIA Islamabad Director had appeared in the last hearing and stated that he had recently received the court’s order and wanted three weeks to effectively investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, the Sahiwal deputy commissioner stated that this was a case of a huge fraud and a first information report (FIR) had been registered in this regard. He also requested the court on behalf of the Punjab government, to direct a forensic audit of the whole scheme.

Sources said that the CDA chairman, on the instructions of the court, had decided to verify thousands of eligibility certificates of six other districts.

It is worth mentioning that the government had given land to the residents of the areas that came under the newly-constructed federal capital in the 1960s. These areas included seven districts and the Sahiwal division was among them.