National Assembly Employees Housing Scheme: Senior officials accused of embezzlement
ISLAMABAD: Four senior officials and a dozen others have
been found directly involved in the financial scam of
the National Assembly Employees Housing Scheme (NAEHS).
Former Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Assadullah Faiz,
two former administrators of the scheme, Tariq Ayub
Khakwani and Shahid Jinali, and Islamabad Capital
Territory (ICT) Administration Circular Registrar Malik
Din were named in a report prepared by a four-member
National Assembly House and Library sub-committee, which
met on Tuesday in Islamabad with Deputy Speaker National
Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi in the chair.
The four-member committee, led by Member National
Assembly Sheikh Waqas, had been constituted by Speaker
National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza some nine months back
to probe into the financial scam of NAEHS and will
submit its report to the National Assembly on Wednesday.
The committee recommended that the named officials be
immediately suspended from their service and that the
embezzled money be recovered from them. Khakwani has
already been suspended due to his direct involvement in
Talking to media, Waqas said, “Almost 95 per cent of the
people involved in the society affairs were found guilty
of corruption and the committee has recommended serious
action against them.”
He added that in addition to these four officers, more
than 12 people were found involved in corruption in
He added that the committee has recommended entrusting
the case to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to
recover the embezzled money. He added that the committee
had asked the Minsitry of Interior to immediately put
the names of the persons named in the report on the Exit
Control List (ECL), to stop them from leaving the
Former Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islambad Assadullah Faiz
is currently serving as Director General of the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Tariq Khakwani
and Shahid Jinalin are employees of the National
When contacted, former DC Faiz said that it is strange
to hear that his name was also recommended to be put on
ECL as he had nothing to do with any corruption in the
society. He added that he remained DC Islamabad for a
brief time from March 2009 to June 2009. During his
tenure no transaction of society land was made, he said.
He added that he intended to move the court to defend
himself as “sheer injustice” was being meted out to him.
Faiz alleged that the committee stopped FIA from
investigating the matter to save some influential
officers including the incumbent DC Islamabad Amir Ali
Ahmed and former Commissioner Islamabad Fazeel Asghar.
He said that the investigation is not the prerogative of
the standing committee but that of FIA.
According to the findings of the investigation, only
220-kanals of land was available when the committee took
over the responsibility of looking at NAEHS’s affairs.
This is against members’ investment in 1,035-kanals of
land. Another 100-kanals of land was retrieved by the
committee, increasing the total available land to 320-
The society had Rs340 million in bank in 2008, which had
been reduced to only Rs237,000 when the committee took
over the society’s affairs nine months ago.
He said payments worth Rs90 million were made to the
contractor, who is still demanding another Rs40 million
without having done any work on the ground. A consultant
was paid Rs7 million, despite the fact that he was not
technically a consultant as he did not fulfil the
Capital Development Authority’s law of holding a
university degree in town planning.
Moreover, some government employees were getting
salaries from the society despite it being against the
The records show that there were some refunds, but it
does not include the identities of those to whom
payments were made. A landowner Naeem Qureshi refunded
Rs50 million after cancellation of a deal but of them
only Rs42 million were deposited to the society account.
(Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2011)