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legal occupancies of official houses making rounds-Ministry confirms 300 houses laying occupied illegally.

ISLAMABAD -- Occupancy by influential officers of official houses in the Federal Capital has turned into controversies on part of the Ministry of Housing, already having blames of corruption for its subordinate departments.

The alleged out of turn allotment of the official residence to Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Zulfiqar Haider, is talk of the town now a days.

The house was allotted to the Chief Commissioner after illegal cancellation of an allocation of the residency to another official and the Ministry of Housing is involved in it, media report stated.

However, officials deny the blames and the blame is failed to produce documented proof.

When contacted Spokesman for Ministry of Housing Akhtar Wazir denied that the house was illegally allotted to the Chief Commissioner. He said, "The house was allotted under designated house rule," adding that the same house was in occupancy of former Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq. "His daughter is Assistant Commissioner in BPS 17, not entitled to the house her father was residing, it has to be allotted to BPS 20." According to his version she was allotted house in F type. And the house was allotted to the appropriate official under rule.

Sources privy to the matter also alleged that a flat in Block No 62 of Sector G11/4 was also illegally occupied by an official of the DC office, while the flat is actually allotted to a lady official of education department.

However, these blames could not be tested from an independent sources. Estate Officer Deputy Secretary Salim told that the ministry is facing problem of 300 houses' illegal occupancy. "We have no police force on our disposal, we have requested IGP Islamabad to support us in vacating the occupied places."

Nevertheless, the sources said that illegal and out of turn allotment of houses on basis of personal relations and political influences is an open secret in Islamabad.

Massive embezzlement unearth in the ministry's subordinate department PWD when National Assembly Standing Committee expressed its the displeasure over as why MoHW delayed sending the cases against corruption in the department to NAB.

Later in January the Ministry of Housing and Works told the committee that 32 cases of embezzlements against 48 officers from the Public Works Department (PWD) had been sent to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Last year, the NAB had filed a corruption reference against Shah Din Sheikh, DG/Chief Engineer North PAK PWD and seven others in the Accountability Court Islamabad.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 21, 2015
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