Land allotment reference: SHC extends interim bail of co-accused with PSP Chief

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Land allotment reference: SHC extends interim bail of co-accused with PSP Chief

July 10, 2019

KARACHI:Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday extended interim bail of a co-accused facing a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference along with Pak Saarzameen Party (PSP) leader Mustafa Kamal pertaining to the alleged illegal allotment of 5,500 square metres of land on the sea side.

A two member bench of SHC, heard the bail petitions of accused Iftikhar Qaimkhani, Mohammad Dawood and others and extended interim bail of the accused until August 05.

NAB Prosecutor informed the bench that the reference against accused has been filed in the trial court. Seven accused including Mustafa Kamal have been nominated in the NAB reference.

NAB had filed a reference against Kamal and other accused in May in an accountability court of Karachi over alleged illegal allotment of 5,500 square metres of land on the sea side.

According to the reference, Sindh Director General Building Control Authority Iftikhar Qaimkhani and other accused were also involved in the alleged illegal activity.

According to NAB, the land was given to shop owners and hawkers in 1980 on lease and then in 2005, the DJ Buildiers acquired the land on lease.

The former city mayor was involved in allowing the construction company to build a skyscraper on the land, NAB said in its reference.

The NAB stated that the accused were involved in illegal allotment of the government plots and caused losses worth Rs 2.5 billion to the national exchequer.

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