LAHORE: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), Punjab, has approved investigations into 37 Punjab politicians, The News has studied. According to a source at ACE, “Several MPAs and MNAs damaged national finances through fraudulent activities in various projects.”
ACE will also investigate the existing MPA and MNA, as some of them have been accused of occupying government land, the source added. “The Anti-Corruption Establishment, Punjab, has approved investigations into the activities of several PML-N leaders, including Rana Sanaullah, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Khwaja Asif, Rana Mubashir, Abid Sher Ali, Malik Mohammad Afzal Hinjra, Malik Mohammad Ajmal Hinjra, Mian Riaz, Ibadullah Khan, Rana Muhammad Azeem, Ashraf Abbas Dogar, Riaz Goraya, Mian Zulfiqar, Sheikh Rohail Asghar, Sohail Shaukat Butt, Ghazali Saleem Butt, etc.
“Over the years, these MNA and PMA allegedly occupied state land worth billions of rupees.” According to the source, ACE Punjab Director General Gohar Nafees, while chairing the meeting, said the department would also investigate the existing MPA and MNA, as some of them had occupied state land.
Speaking with the clerk, ACE Director General Gohar Nafees said, “Cases are registered based on concrete evidence and those involved are arrested.” FIR against former MPA Sardar Mir Badshah Qaisrani, former MPA Ijaz Achlana, Wilayat Bibi, the mother of Javed Latif, has already been registered. In addition, the FIR against Ashraf Abbas and Riaz Goraya, suspected frontman Ahsan Iqbal, has been registered. ACE’s DG said that the Gulistan Cinema which was built on state land had been closed. Khan Plaza has also been sealed. sealed. He added that Khokhar Plaza, which belongs to Afzal Khokhar, has been sealed.
More cases will be registered based on evidence and those involved will be arrested, Punjab Anti-Corruption Directorate General Gohar Nafees. ACE Punjab also arrested Ahsan Raza Khan, who is wanted in two corruption cases. PML-N leaders are accused of building a market on the grounds of a government hospital in Kanganpur as well as building a housing association.
Both the commercial market and housing schemes are illegal and not approved by the Building Control Department, adds ACE DG. Deputy commissioner Kasur has sent references against Ahsan Raza Khan to ACE Punjab. ACE officials said they were carrying out raids to arrest the accused, who had moved to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after a case was registered against him. The defendant was arrested by the anti-corruption team with the help of geo-fencing.
Circle Officer Attock Saeed Khan, Mattress Circle Officer Azam Minhas and a special police team chase suspects at the Mardan Rashakai Interchange. According to ACE officials, the defendant got out of his car to escape but was arrested by the team.
Earlier on November 10, Punjab Anti-Corruption Agency (ACE) officials arrested PML-N leader and former Sargodha mayor Aslam Naveed, on charges of ‘abuse of power. The day before, the anti-corruption wing in Multan arrested former PML-N and MPA leader Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar from his home.
PML-N Punjab spokesperson Azma Bukhari said there was no reality of occupying land or destroying the state treasury. In fact Imran Khan used the FIA, FBR and NAB against the PML-N and couldn’t prove anything. Now, he’s using Punjab’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) as a tool and he’s doomed to fail.
According to Azma, Imran used cheap tactics by submitting FIR to women including Kh Asif’s wife and Wilayat Bibi, Javed Latif’s mother. He said PML-N would move the court against the arrests.