NAB arrests CDA officials and Safa Gold Mall owner

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Safa Gold Mall owner among those arrested by NAB

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National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday arrested six people – including five former officials of the federal capital’s civic agency and the owner of Safa Gold Mall for corrupt practices and misusing their authority.

The action was taken after CDA, at a meeting held on November, decided to cancel the plot allotted to Safa Gold Mall over constructing three illegal storeys and other violations in the building plan.

According to NAB the arrested officials include former deputy director general building control Ghulam Murtaza Malik, who retired a few months ago; director architecture Khalil Ahmed, who served as deputy director building control while the plaza was being constructed; then-deputy director Ammar Idress, who is currently posted at the Parliament Lodges; and mall owner Rana Abdul Qayyum.

“Today, we arrested these people for corrupt practices in Safa Gold Mall case, the accused will be produced before the accountability court on Tuesday,” said Mohammad Bilal, an information officer of NAB.

It shoud be mentioned here that two CDA officials— former director building control Shafi Marwat and legal advisor Kashif Malik— had allegedly played a leading role in exposing violations committed by the owner of the mall.

The plot measuring 170 feet by 200 feet in Sector F-7 Markaz had been allotted to Al Safaa Golden Co CEO Abdul Qayyum in May 2010.

Last year, the CDA had sealed the mall located in Jinnah Super Market Islamabad for violating building codes and the original layout plan.

Later, the Islamabad High Court conditionally permitted to de-seal Safa Gold Mall subject to the payment of Rs 220 million to the CDA.

Salma Khan
Salma writes on topics ranging from education to technology to business. She can be reached at Twitter and Facebook.

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