There is good news for all those common and overseas Pakistanis who fell ‘prey’ to an alleged fixed balloting of the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) ‘dream’ housing project – the Park Enclave.
The Senate was informed on Thursday that it had been decided that city managers would not only hold fresh balloting of the plots in the housing society but also reimburse money to those allottees, who don’t want to proceed anymore with the CDA.
“It transpired that the previous balloting was not transparent. CDA would soon announce the date for fresh balloting of plots in the housing colony,” Leader of the House in Senate Jehangir Badr informed the House during the question-hour session.
He further said that it had principally been decided that CDA would pay back the amount it had collected so far in the shape of down payment and 1st and 2nd installments to those allottees who wanted reimbursement of their money. To a question whether CDA would payback money with the interest, Jehangir Badr said it was yet to be decided. The balloting of some 613 plots at Park Enclave was held on July 17 last.
The project was launch in 2011 and so far zero development has been made on the site by CDA except construction of some portion of a boundary wall of the housing colony. The price of plot here is Rs 12 million.
In a strange ‘coincidence’, the big guns of Pakistan’s diaspora comprising the mighty lot of journalists, politicians, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, ruling elites and their near and dear ones had interestingly grabbed lucrative plots located at the prime locations during the ‘fixed’ balloting of the Park Enclave.
On the other hand, common and overseas Pakistanis, who had contributed billions of rupees to the national exchequer, were allotted plots in ‘slum like’ areas mostly located along a 60-foot wide seasonal nullah that runs through the middle of the proposed locality, the Park Enclave.
The ‘most influential’ individuals were declared owner of corner plots at the most prime locations, while the second group comprising MPs and CDA officials were given plots adjacent to the influential ones.
The prominent among the ‘blessed’ lot include journalist Ansar Ahmed Abbasi (plot no. 37), journalist Rauf Klasra (plot no. 164), journalist Fahad Hussain, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza (plot no. 219), Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi (plot no. 152), Chairman Public Accounts Committee MNA Nadeem Afzal Gondal (plot no.83), Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Ali Baloch (plot no. 227), Mehwish Sher Afghan (plot no.67), Sabia Ellahi (Wife of former Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi) (plot no.139), Salman Mahbub Ilahi (a relative of former Chairman CDA) (plot no.209) etc.
The aforementioned plots are lucrative corner plots and fall in the area considered the best one, according to real estate experts of the federal capital. Now if it was a co-incidence or a designed move that these abovementioned influential people were declared the owner of corner plots at prime locations through balloting.
The second biggest beneficiaries of this fixed balloting were the members of the national assembly and members of the provincial assemblies, who though were not allotted the corner plots but managed to get themselves allotted the plots at locations facing parks, open spaces and wide access roads upto 100 feet.
These include MNA Qamar Zaman Kaira (plot no. 200), MNA Sajid Hussain Toori (plot no. 188), MNA Nauman Islam Sheikh (plot no.189), Senator Islamud Din Sheikh (plot no.246), MNA Syed Nasir Ali Shah (plot no.216), MNA Syed Sumsam Ali Bokhari (238), MNA Nawab Ali Wasan (plot no.63), Sardar Talib Nakai (plot no.40), Senator Wasim Sajjad (plot no. 377), Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi (plot no.196), MNA Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani (plot no.256), Shujaul Mulk Khan (plot no 283), Imtiaz Safdar Warraich (plot no. 311), MNA Arbab Alamgir Khan (plot no. 335), Senator Nawabzada Akbar Magsi (plot no. 392), MPA Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto (plot no.410), etc.
Similarly, an influential real estate dealer of the federal capital somehow managed to get all of his three plots (134, 351 and 479) at the prime locations that, according to informed sources, is very less likely through random number run while balloting in computer programme.
Then, there are a number of plots at prime locations like plots 117-131 and few other corner plots, which had deliberately been left un-allotted by taken them out from balloting.
Through that fixed balloting only common and overseas Pakistanis were announced the plot holders along the nullah and depression area. Not only the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) but also the Senate and the National Assembly Standing Committees on Cabinet Secretariat have also been investigating the issue.