Matiari Scam probe committee reveals Rs2.1b withdrawn illegally


The fact-finding committee Sunday disclosed shocking revelations regarding the fraud of Rs2.14 billion in funds in the purchase of land for Hyderabad Sukkur Motorway. The 2-member committee of Matiari land scam revealed that two political families who offered land for Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway without fulfilling official procedures also came forward.

The families of a member of national assembly and a senator, both belong to Pakistan Peoples’ Party, withdrew money from the bank through their managers. Instead of payment to landowners by cross cheques, the amount was drawn in cash by the accused in their own names, according to the inquiry report.

The report further stated that Mansoor Abbasi’s recoded his statement before the two-member committee. Assistant Commissioner New Saeed Abad prepared only eight incomplete files for land acquisition. In eight files only Annexure D contains application, photographs and non-judicial stamp paper attached, the report added. Syed Ghulam Murtaza Shah, Khursheed Shiraz, Shahnaz Shah, Ali Akbar Shah Jamot, Shaheen Sharaf Shah, Amal Najiba Shah, Syed Ume Habiba and Rabia Shah are among those who took the money without fulfilling the requirements, reports said. Assistant Commissioner Tehsil New Saeed Abad Mansoor Abbasi did not create any ledger or cash book to distribute money.—NNI


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