AIOU’s employee arrested for cheating local steel dealer


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Assistant Treasurer of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Attitque-ur-Rehman was arrested by Islamabad police for fraudulently depriving the local steel mills of its products girder, beams worth millions of rupees. According to an FIR registered against Attique by Assad Hafeez Director of the local steel mills, the accused in 2010 placed an order of huge quantity of steel products from his mills while paying a very small amount as advance payment.
Later, he informed the steel mills management that he was going to Dubai on an official trip and in his absence the supply of steel items might continue and his brother Fazalur Rehman would represent him. He also asked them to keep supplying steels to him without payment and he would clear the dues on his return. However, six years passed but neither Attique came to make payment, nor did his brother Fazal. Later, it was found out that Fazalur Rehman sold the items further to some retired army officer. He, too, like his brother had paid a small amount and took a way a large quantity. When the mills management asked him to pay the due price which amounted to over Rs2 million, he disappeared. Attique too had left the city as well as the country. It was also found out that he had done the same kind of fraud with other parties.
The steel mills management consequently lodge a complaint against him and a local court in his absence declared Attique proclaimed offender (PO).
On Thursday, however, police got a clue that he was living in Bahria Town Lahore. Kohsar Police party dispatched a team and arrested Attique from Lahore in a case of fraud (489-F) involving Rs4 million.
On Friday, he was produced in the court of Adnan Rashid, Civil, Judge who sent him on judicial remand but he was remanded for three days to I-9 police custody by another civil judge Haider Shah. The further investigation is underway.

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