National Assembly Employees Housing Scheme: Senior officials accused of embezzlement

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

the corruption.
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)