LAHORE - Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has filed an application with the Sindh NAB DG against the provincial government regarding illegal transfer of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) properties worth Rs 3 billion to private persons.

A letter available with The Nation said the ETPB properties were in possession of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation in Clifton near Teen Talwar. The TIP received a complaint against the Sindh government for illegally transferring these four properties of 1,200 square yards each, by tampering with records and documents, to private persons. The market value of these ETPB properties is over Rs 3 billion and they are in possession of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation in Clifton near Teen Talwar.

The complainant has stated that the Sindh government has been involved in mega land scams since 2008 in connivance with the functionaries of the Revenue Department, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and ETPB. It has been alleged that in order to deprive the exchequer of over Rs 3 billion, fake entries in records have been made regarding these properties which are in possession of KMC in Clifton and are being used as residences of Evacuee Trust Property Board officers.

Three Evacuee Trust properties are behind Old Columbus Hotel, each comprising 1,200 square yards. One property, located opposite Red Crescent Hospital on Main Clifton Road, is being used as the residence of a legal adviser of KMC, who is going on retirement this month and is a relative of a senior leader of a political party.

On account of the lucrative location of these four properties which carry current market value of over Rs 3 billion, the old records have either been changed in back dates to show that these had been allotted many years ago to ‘benami’ persons and transferred from them to the current owners as per the Sindh Revenue Board record.

TI Pakistan has asked the NAB DG to immediately take cognizance of this alleged corruption as well as other land fraud complaints reported by TIP against the Karachi and Sindh administration, under the NAB Ordinance, 1999.