Local steel businessman deprived of Rs30m

Zubair Qureshi

A Senior Civil Judge (Judicial) sent accused Ehsan Ullah Qureshi on two-day remand for fraudulently depriving a local steel businessman Mr Waqas Malik of around Rs30 million. His accomplice, Hassan Shafiq, is still at large and police party is constituted to nab him as well. According to details, the accused along with his accomplice Hassan Shafiq was doing business under a fake name Al-Sayed Corporation.
The story of fraud began last year (in 2016) when the two swindlers in order to win the trust of the complainant, first placed small orders of steel and made payments well in time. However, later they forged a letterhead of Isra University, which is located in the Chak Shahzad, and placed a big purchase order on behalf of a university’s official for around 500 tons of girder, steel worth Rs. 30 million.
This time, however, after the delivery, no payment was made. According to the FIR no. 70/17 registered with Shalimar Police Station, when a cheque of first installment amounting to Rs3,865,380 for Bank of Punjab dated 27-12-2016 was dishonoured, it raised some suspicions and in order to confirm, he himself went to the university and there he came to know that the university had not placed any such order and the university disowned both of them as having any relation with them. The letterhead provided to Waqas Malik too turned out to be a fake one. Talking to this scribe, Mr Malik said there are around 13 FIRs registered against both Ehsanullah and Hassan and they were involved in frauds worth millions of rupees.
ASI, Shalimar Police Station Ibrar Hussian, who is also Investigation Officer (IO of the case said Pakistan Air Force’s Shaheen Foundation has also lodged complaints against them in other police stations and the amount involved is around Rs210 million. Besides, they were also facing charges of making payments through cheques which were later dishonoured. The IO said police was investigating into the case and raids were being conducted to arrest Hassan Shafiq as well.

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