PESHAWAR  - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday arrested Malik Abdur Rasheed, Tehsildar Dera Ismail Khan and Mulazim Hussain, Patwari concerned for misuse of authority in illegal transfer of valuable state land measuring 1976 kanals.

The stated land is located in D.I.Khan as alternate land to the Naval Families Rehabilitation Organisation (NFRO) in 2010 and subsequently unlawful transfer of 182 kanals residential land to officers / officials of Revenue Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as kickbacks.

As per details, Chairman NAB rejected the Voluntary Return application of accused and ordered to arrest the accused without delay. The modus operandi adopted by accused persons was that in 2009 Director Naval Families Rehabilitation Organisation, Bahawalpur, sent an application stating therein that about 1976 kanals land allotted to Pakistan Navy is not cultivable therefore it may be exchanged with better and cultivable land.

As per rules, allotment of alternate land was the competency of Chief Minister of the province, yet accused Murid Kazim being Revenue Minister abused his authority and directed Board of Revenue KP to put up note for allotment of alternate land to NFRO Bahawalpur and gave illegal approval to the transfer of 1976 kanal land to the organisation. Accused Tehsildar D.I. Khan Abdur Rasheed illegally got 11 kanal 2 marlas valuable commercial land in his name and accused Mulazim Hussain Patwari D.I.Khan got 4 kanal 16 marlas commercial land in his own name.

NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have already arrested accused Syed Murid Kazim, provincial ex-minister for Revenue, Qayum Nawaz, District Officer (Revenue & Estate), Riaz Muhammad, District Officer Revenue & Estate and Gul Hassan, Assistant Board of Revenue Department Govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the instant case and 100 kanal land worth millions of rupees has already been recovered by NAB and has been returned to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

The accused persons will be produced before the Accountability Court for obtaining their physical remand to proceed further as per law.