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NAB summons Malik Riaz, threatening to unravel £190mn thriller

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ISLAMABAD: In what might show to set off the unravelling of some of the clouded and murky webs from the Imran Khan administration, actual property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain has been served with a call-up from the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB). 

He has been requested to seem earlier than a mixed investigation group of the accountability watchdog at 11 00 AM on the first of December at NAB’s workplaces within the federal capital. The case because of which he has been summoned goes all the best way again to 2019, and entails accusations of bribery, corruption, and kickbacks in opposition to the federal government of former prime minister Imran Khan. 

What’s the case about? 

In 2019, the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) of the UK agreed to a settlement price £190 million with the household of property tycoon Malik Riaz. The settlement was the most important ever within the historical past of the NCA, and because it was out of court docket, got here with the stipulation that it didn’t “signify a discovering of guilt”. 

To grasp this, the NCA is a nationwide regulation enforcement company within the UK that investigates cash laundering and illicit funds derived from prison exercise within the UK and overseas. If the NCA is investigating a case outdoors of the UK, it returns the stolen cash to the affected state. So if the company is investigating fraud or cash laundering in Pakistan, it should prosecute or make a settlement within the UK and return the cash to the Pakistani authorities. 

That’s what occurred within the case of Malik Riaz. His household had been below a ‘soiled cash’ NCA investigation for some time, which reached its conclusion with the £190 million. Nevertheless, the matter will get murky with the doorway of Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar, who apparently on the behest of Malik satisfied the NCA to settle the matter and return the cash to Pakistan. 

On Dec 5, 2019, Mr Akbar introduced at a press convention in Islamabad that £140m had been repatriated to Pakistan, into the Supreme Court docket’s account. When requested how the cash might be transferred to the SC account, he deflected the query saying that the federal government, NCA and Mr Riaz had signed a “deed of confidentiality” which prevented him from elaborating on the matter.

So what occurred to the cash? 

We don’t fairly know, and that is the place the net will get actually intricate. Basically, the accusation is that the £140m that was repatriated to Pakistan after Shahzad Akbar’s intervention with the NCA on behalf of Malik Riaz went straight again into the checking account of the property tycoon. 

After coming to energy, the incumbent PDM authorities accused former prime minister Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi of accepting billions in money and tons of of kanals of land from Bahria City in return for the assistance that Khan’s authorities gave to Riaz throughout his investigation by the NCA. Inside minister Rana Sanaullah claimed that Bahria City entered an settlement and gave a 458-kanal land with an on-paper worth of Rs 530 million to a belief owned by Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi. The land was donated to Al-Qadir Belief, and the settlement bore signatures of the true property’s donors and Bushra Bibi. 

Sanaullah claimed that Imran’s aide Shehzad Akbar had “settled” the whole case, whereas the Rs 50 billion-which belonged to the nationwide treasury-was adjusted in opposition to Bahria City’s legal responsibility. He stated Imran had acquired a graft of Rs 5 billion as “his share” by Akbar earlier than the case was wrapped. He additional stated that Bahria City, after its Rs 50 billion was protected by the then PTI authorities, had allotted 458 Kanal land with an on-paper worth of Rs 530 million to a belief owned by Imran and his spouse. He additional stated that one other 240 Kanals have been transferred to “Farah Shehzadi” generally referred to as Farah-a shut pal of Bushra Bibi.

It’s these 458-kanals which have now come below the scrutiny of the accountability bureau. Within the call-up discover served to Malik Riaz dated the twenty fourth of November, he has been requested to seem with documentary proof to file his assertion relating to buy of 458 Kanals 04 Marlas 58 sq. toes located in Hadbast No. 77 at Mauza Barkala, Tehsil Sohawa, District Jhelum.

The apex anti-graft physique required Malik Riaz Hussain to current an entire file relating to Equally, he has been requested to supply the deed by which M/s Bahria City donated the above stated land to Al-Qadir Belief alongwith income paperwork. Likewise, particulars of different property/donation (if any) transferred by him, any of his members of the family of M/s Bahria City in favour of Al-Qadir Belief or any of its trustees, whether or not by sale/buy, reward, donation or every other mode. Furthermore, every other related data/file.

“You’re suggested that failing to adjust to this discover, could entail penal penalties as supplied in Part 2 of the schedule of NAO, 1999,” reads the discover. The discover was issued by Muhammad Faisal Qureshi, Extra Director (Workers), NAB Rawalpindi.

NAB had earlier despatched notices to the previous premier Imran Khan’s 21 cupboard members together with Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Murad Saeed, Pervaiz Khattak, Shafqat Mehmood, Shireen Mazari, Ali Haider Zaidi and Hammad Azhar, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shafqat Mahmood, Asad Umar for recording of their statements. NAB additionally summoned Ali Riaz Malik, the son of Malik Riaz who’s the founding father of Bahria City.

NAB additionally summoned Murad Saeed and Ghulam Sarwar Khan on October 11, Pervaiz Khattak and Ali Riaz Malik on October 12, Zubaida Jalal and Hammad Azhar on October 13, Shafqat Mehmood and Shireen Mazari on October 14, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Ejaz Shah on October 17, Ali Amin Gandapur and Farogh Naseem on October 18, Ali Zaidi and Khusro Bakhtiar on October 19, Azam Khan Swati and Asad Umar on October 20, Umar Ayub and Muhammad Mian Somro on October 21, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Fawad Chaudhry on October 24 and Mehboob Sultan and Faisal Vawda October 25 for investigation and recording of statements.



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Pak-IMF talks finish with out consensus on energy sector subsidies, major deficit

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ISLAMABAD: A Week lengthy technical talks between Pakistan and the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) ended on Monday with out constructing consensus on energy sector subsidies and first deficit.  

Sources mentioned that either side will begin dialogue on coverage degree talks from Tomorrow (Tuesday) to finalize the Memorandum of Financial Insurance policies Framework (MEFP) and they’re going to attempt to kind out the pending points.

Sources mentioned that the Pakistani facet couldn’t persuade the IMF crew about curbing the vitality sector round debt. 

The Fund needed the federal government to extend electrical energy tariff to beat losses of DISCOs in addition to withdrawing Rs100 billion vitality associated subsidies to the export sector.

Sources mentioned that the federal government has given assurance that it’s going to withdraw Rs100 billion subsidies to the export sector, nevertheless provinces might be free to subsidize the export sector on their very own.

In the meantime, the federal government crew has additionally assured the IMF that they shall make cuts in PSDP in addition to growing the electrical energy tariff to beat vitality sector round debt.

Alternatively, the federal government crew has additionally shared a plan with regard to decreasing the round debt of the oil and fuel sector.

As per the plan, the federal government will make a money injection in a single day price Rs 543 billion to SSGC and SNGPL.

The federal government pays Rs 241 billion to SSGC and Rs 302 billion to SNGPL.

The quantity obtained by SSGC will additional clear the round of OGDCL. The SSGC will have the ability to repay Rs 154 billion mortgage to OGDCL and Rs87 billion to Govt Holdings pvt ltd, sources added.

As well as, SNGPL pays Rs 172 billion to OGDCL, Rs 90 billion to PPL and Rs 40 billion to GHPL, sources added.

Sources mentioned that IMF has additionally forecasted 0.9% major deficit towards the budgeted estimation of 0.5 p.c throughout this yr.

Sources added that the IMF crew has additionally proven issues over non implementation of Single Treasury Accounts as plenty of departments nonetheless are working accounts in personal banks.

Sources additionally added that the IMF crew remained dedicated to its calls for with regard to growing of GST from 17 to 18 p.c GST on all items with a viewpoint that one p.c GST hike will assist in gathering one other Rs 39 billion, sources added.

The fund has additionally emphasised the Pakistani crew not just for abolishment of revenue tax exemption however to impose Rs180 billion Flood levy to fulfill FBR’ income goal.

Sources mentioned that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar nonetheless sticks to not imposing gross sales tax on petroleum merchandise as he thinks {that a} new wave of inflation will comply with.

Sources mentioned that the IMF agrees to subsidize vitality associated tariffs within the Kisan package deal in addition to the Balochistan tube effectively scheme.

The federal government crew can even give a roadmap for the privatization program through the coverage talks, sources added.

 

 



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CDWP clears 10 growth tasks price Rs87.17bn

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ISLAMABAD: The Central Growth Working Social gathering (CDWP) has cleared ten growth tasks price Rs 87.17 billion throughout its assembly on Monday.

The assembly, which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Growth & Particular Initiatives Professor Ahsan Iqbal, was additionally attended by the Planning Ministry secretary, the Chief Economist, members of the Planning Fee and representatives from numerous different ministries and divisions.

In accordance with particulars, the discussion board thought-about ten tasks associated to the Ministry of Housing and Works, Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies Rules and Coordination, Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Science & Expertise and Greater Schooling Fee HEC. These tasks embrace: reconstruction of Turbat-Mand Street, building of Pun Panjgur-Gichak-Awaran Street, reconstruction of Manghopir, completion of Niheng Bridge, the Shagharthang Hydropower Mission, the Strengthening Establishment for Refugee’s Administration (SIRA), institution of Most cancers Hospital in ICT, Gwadar Protected Metropolis Mission (Section-1), growth of Ziarat City and the Nationwide Forensic Science Laboratory.

The discussion board cleared the Reconstruction of Turbat- Mand Street from M-8 until Iranian Border-Radeeq at the price of Rs 20,992.875m to the Government Committee of the Nationwide Financial Council (ECNE). 

The revised mission moreover envisaged the completion of 410-meter lengthy and eight.2-meter large two lane Niheng Bridge at Rodbun, District Kech, Baluchistan Province at the price of Rs 673.688m. The place to begin of the mission extends from the present Nehang Bridge, the South aspect embankment of which has been washed away on account of floods.

The discussion board additionally really useful the Building of Pun Panjgur-Gichak-Awaran Street, District Awaran at the price of Rs 29,638.353m to the ECNE. This entails the development of 228-kilometer lengthy and seven.3-meter large (3.65-meter large every) asphaltic carriageway, ranging from Panjgur – Gichak -Awaran, District Panjgur & Awaran, within the Southern Baluchistan Area. The highway will join Gichak with Panjgur, in addition to with Karachi by way of Bela-Hoshab Street. 

Equally, the reconstruction of Manghopir at the price of Rs 3190.432m was additionally cleared by the discussion board.

The CDWP moreover authorised the mission, Strengthening Establishments for Refugee’s Administration SIRA at the price of Rs 2.043.000m. The Ministry of States and Frontier Areas is remitted to take care of the problems associated to Afghan refugees. The Chief Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CCAR) being an connected division of the Ministry of SAFRON is the operational arm to handle Afghan Refugees. CCAR and its Provincial Afghan Commissionerate’s places of work are liable for advising/ offering inputs on coverage issues and implementing the insurance policies of the Ministry of SAFRON on Afghan Refugees’ points. It’s estimated that almost three million Afghan Refugees live in Pakistan i.e. 1.436 million Afghans with Proof of Registration Playing cards (POR) for his or her identification; along with roughly 840,000 Afghan Citizen Card holders and an estimated 700,000 undocumented Afghan dwelling in Pakistan. The Ministry of SAFRON with the technical help of the Nationwide Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has registered these Afghan refugees. The Authorities of Pakistan has allowed UNHCR to conduct refugee standing dedication (RSD). People acknowledged as refugees on the end result of the UNHCR’s RSD course of and members of their household are issued with UNHCR Refugee Identification playing cards, referred to as Proof of Registration (PoR) playing cards.

Furthermore, the 26 MW Shagharthang Hydropower Mission in Skardu was really useful at the price of 17,972.902m to the ECNE. The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan is the sponsoring company of the mission. The principle goal of the mission is to take advantage of the potential of hydropower out there within the center stretch of Kachura Lungma to generate 26 MW output, which can increase energy to the present electrical energy community of the realm to resolve energy scarcity to the shoppers of load facilities in Skardu valley.

The CDWP additionally authorised the institution of a Most cancers Hospital in ICT (Revised) at the price of Rs3,406.169m. The Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies, Rules and Coordination is the sponsoring company of the mission. This mission envisages the institution of a 200 bedded cutting-edge hospital for indoor admission of assorted sorts of most cancers sufferers. The division of the beds embrace 75 beds for grownup oncology, 25 beds for girls oncology, 25 beds for ICU, 30 beds for personal and 20 beds for emergencies.

Moreover, the discussion board authorised of the Gwadar Protected Metropolis Mission (Section-1) at the price of Rs 4,966.905m. Authorities of Balochistan is the sponsoring Company. This mission seeks to supply a safer metropolis for the residents of Gwadar significantly on the recognized strategic areas and likewise helps the legislation enforcement businesses in detecting and investigating crime by gathering proof. Gwadar is comparatively an unsafe metropolis, with many international governments advising their residents in opposition to touring there. The present infrastructure is inadequate to cater to the safety wants of Gwadar metropolis. Gwadar secure metropolis has been developed exactly to assist all authorities stakeholders together with town administration, Gwadar police and different Legislation Enforcement Businesses (LEAs) to mitigate the safety and communication challenges. 

Lastly, institution of the Nationwide Forensic Science Laboratory at the price of Rs 1978.422m was additionally authorised by the discussion board. The Ministry of Inside is the sponsoring company of the mission. The laboratory will probably be established in ICT.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Second buy-back of 2023: Kohinoor Textile Mills declares 30m share buy-back

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ISLAMABAD: Kohinoor Textile Mills Restricted (KTML) has determined to purchase again 30 million of its atypical shares, the corporate introduced to the Pakistan Inventory Alternate (PSX) on Monday. That is the second such buy-back announcement in 2023 after Kohat Cement Firm Restricted (KOHC) introduced the identical final month.

The KTML’s notification to the PSX learn: “The Board of Administrators of Kohinoor Textile Mills Restricted in its assembly held on February 06, 2023, has accorded approval to the corporate, topic to approval of shareholders by the use of particular decision, with a view to buy/buy-back of its personal shares by way of Pakistan Inventory Alternate Restricted upto a most of 30,000 000 constituting 10.023% of the issued atypical shares of the face worth of Rs 10 every on the spot / present share worth prevailing throughout the buy interval in money and out of distributable income of the corporate.”

The principal enterprise of KTML is the manufacturing of yarn and material, processing and stitching the fabric and commerce of textile merchandise. The choice of the board of KTML to buy-back shares will have to be authorized by way of a particular decision handed by the shareholders within the subsequent Extraordinary Normal Assembly (EGM) of the corporate. The EGM can be held on March 3. The proposed buy-back interval will begin from March 13 to August 29. 

The aim of the buy-back is the cancellation of shares and can be made out of the distributable income of the corporate. In line with the corporate, the decreased share capital after the buy-back will enhance the earnings per share, future dividends, and break-up worth of the corporate’s shares. As well as, it’ll additionally enable a possibility of exit to these buyers who want to liquidate their investments within the firm’s inventory.

In 2022, six main firms on the PSX introduced share buybacks. The unsure financial state of affairs in Pakistan decreased the share costs of many beneficial and established firms which made their valuations enticing. Attributable to a scarcity of institutional and overseas buyers available in the market, these firms determined to reap the benefits of the decline of their share costs to purchase again their very own shares. 

It began with NETSOL in Could (two million shares), adopted by Maple Leaf Cement (25 million shares), then Fortunate Cement (10 million shares), JDW Sugar Mills (two million shares), then BAFL (200 million shares), and at last ENGRO (70 million shares). Aside from the ENGRO buy-back, which is but to start out, all earlier buy-backs have been accomplished.

We wrote a featured piece for Revenue journal on the finish of final 12 months titled ‘2022: the 12 months of share buybacks’. The article predicted that “it would even be the case that the buybacks have solely simply began, and subsequent 12 months in 2023 we might even see much more buybacks than those we noticed in 2022. Time will inform.” After KOHC, the KTML announcement is the continuation of the buy-backs we noticed final 12 months.

On Monday, the share worth of KTML opened at Rs 46.5, reached a excessive of Rs 49.45 and at last closed at Rs 48.77, a day by day enhance of 6.02%. The amount traded was additionally a large 1,909,500 shares. 



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