Sattar demands judicial commission to probe china-cutting

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan’s Chief, Dr Farooq Sattar, on Thursday urged upon the government to form judicial commission to probe the china-cutting.

He made this demand, while addressing a news conference following a long meeting in which he was befriended with Amir Khan here at the MQM-P head office.

The meeting which was summoned to sort out differences of the two main leaders of MQM Pakistan lasted for several hours. After meeting a Selfie was posted by MQM leader Faisal Subzwari, captioned; “Selfie is a must after a Long & Productive meeting of MQM Pakistan. Smiles are enough for “Rumor Mongers”?

Speaking after the meeting Farooq Sattar said that a judicial commission should be formed and those found guilty should be given severe punishment.

But there should be across the board anti-encroachment drive. As those who have paid for the plots curved out of amenity plots by KDA officials are faced with anti-encroachment drive those having grabbed land in suburbs were given lease by the provincial government.

Sattar, who was unhappy with demolition of the marriages halls, said his party will stage protest against the drive. This drive, he clarified, will not be against the courts but the provincial government.

MQM Pakistan chief alleged that KDA officer have partnered with land mafia but the poor masses are punished. “We will take the affectees to Supreme Court and request it to give them alternate lands,” he announced.

Meanwhile, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal Thursday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s Karachi chapter in a case of illegal sale of plots during his tenure as the mayor.

NAB had summoned Kamal to record his statement before its investigators in a petition filed against Kamal.

The case pertains to the illegal sale of around 5,000 square-yard plots allocated for seashell craft sellers near Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine.

Kamal appeared for a session with NAB investigators for the second time on Thursday along with his party leaders, including Waseem Aftab and Dr Sagheer Ahmed.

Talking to media persons after a grilling session with the NAB investigators, Kamal denied the allegations against him and said that “some political quarters are indulging in defaming the patriot Pakistanis in a bid to sustain their positions among the masses”.

He said that he worked day and night for the development of the city after undertaking several projects worth Rs300 billion but no corruption case filed against him in that duration.

“This case against me is filed after I opted to return to the country last year [2016],” he said, adding, no cases would have been filed against me if I hadn’t returned to the country,” he said.

Referring to his campaign against alleged RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) agents, he said that a corruption petition was filed to silence his voice against the unscrupulous elements.