NAB is looking into corruption, irregularities in the project
PM’s special assistant for overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari has resigned owing to the allegations against him in the Rawalpindi Ring Road project inquiry.
National Accountability Bureau Chairman Javed Iqbal ordered on Monday the anti-corruption watchdog to look into alleged corruption, irregularities and illegal requisition of land in the project.
The NAB chief directed for an impartial, merit-based and transparent inquiry, according to a NAB statement. He asked the anti-graft body to identify those responsible so that they could be brought to justice.
“My Prime Minister has always said that if a person has been named rightly or wrongly in any inquiry he should cease to hold any public office till his name has been cleared of charges,” Bukhari said on Twitter.
“Owing to the allegations in ongoing Ring Road inquiry I want to set this example by resigning from office until my name is cleared up of any allegations and media’s obnoxious lies.”
He said he had nothing to do with Ring Road or any ongoing real estate project. Bukhari, however, called for a judicial inquiry into the matter conducted by “capable personnel”.
“This time the inquiry should be done by capable personnel, I endorse a judicial inquiry,” he said.
A fact-finding committee of the Punjab government in its report earlier said that the map of the project was changed to benefit a few housing societies, according to sources.
The report was forwarded to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar by Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafiq.
Former Rawalpindi commissioner Captain (retired) Mohammad Mehmood and land requisition officer Wasim Tabish unlawfully paid Rs23 million to acquire land for the road, according to the report. They facilitated a well-known family of Sangjani in doing so.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had also accused two cabinet members of their involvement in the matter through the re-allotment of land for the Ring Road project.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had said that neither Prime Minister Imran Khan nor CM Buzdar could be exempted from this.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Zulfi Bukhari were beneficiaries in the case, she had alleged.