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Karachi airport's demarcation map changed multiple times allegedly for land occupation: FIA probe
Imtiaz AliPublished November 22, 2021 - Updated 36 minutes ago
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An aerial view of the airplane hub at the airport in Karachi's Jinnah International Airport. — Reuters/File

An aerial view of the airplane hub at the airport in Karachi's Jinnah International Airport. — Reuters/File
A probe by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has revealed that the boundary of the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA's) land at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) was shifted multiple times over the years in connivance with CAA and revenue department officials, purportedly to illegally occupy the property.
According to FIA officials and documents reviewed by Dawn.com, demarcation maps for the land in question were created several times on the basis of "mala fide intentions" to encroach upon the property.
In a statement issued on Monday, an FIA spokesperson said two first information reports (FIRs) had been registered in relation to the case by the agency's Corporate Crime Circle and a total of 32 suspects had been nominated in both the cases. The suspects include former federal minister retired Capt Haleem Siddiqi, former Karachi administrator Saqib Soomro, East Deputy Commissioner Muhammed Ali Shah, revenue department officials and others.
These details were also confirmed to Dawn by FIA Karachi Director Amir Farooqi on Sunday, who said the FIRs had been registered on behalf of CAA Additional Director Jafar Abbas Cheema.
Among the suspects, three CAA officials — former senior estate officer Zareen Gul Durrani, erstwhile assistant manager estate Mohammed Yunus and former general manager estate Syed Mohammed Kaleem — and one private person named Mushtaq were arrested in raids carried out on Saturday.
According to the FIRs, the land acquisition for Jinnah International Airport in Malir, then East district, was initiated in 1976 and the property was allocated to the CAA in 1983. The property comprised 78 acres of private land and 209 acres of state land. Subsequently, demarcation maps for the land were prepared in 1983, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2019, revealing that relevant revenue officials had been changing the boundary of the CAA land on the basis of "mala fide intention" to pave the way for the "illegal creation of new survey numbers" and "illegal relocation of survey numbers", allegedly to usurp the property.
“Zareen Gul Durrani, the then JIAP estate officer, Jahanzeb Khan and Mohammed Ali, the then senior surveyor at JIAP, have signed the said fabricated demarcation maps and also issued an NOC (no-objection certificate) without concurrence from the law officer and approval from the competent authority,” the FIRs, available with Dawn.com, said.
One of the FIRs pertains to an attempt by unidentified persons to illegally occupy five acres of the CAA land in April 2021, "on the false presumption that the Survey No 575 and 576 in NA-Class 153 Deh Mehran have been relocated" on the said land. According to the FIR, the attempt was made under the authority of East Deputy Commissioner Muhammed Ali Shah but was stopped by an airport manager.
This case has been registered against 11 suspects.
The FIR further stated that Capt Haleem Siddiqui claimed that he had purchased the said land from one Ayesha Mohammed Khan in 1993 for his company Epic Air Pvt. Ltd and the same was regularised by the land utilisation (LU) department.
The FIA said records revealed that Ayesha had purchased 62 acres of land in Deh Narather in Karachi's West district, while the LU was given 84 acres in lieu of the 62 acres.
However, the record file of the LU showed that the outward number did not appear in the summary sent to the Sindh chief minister by Ghulam Abbas Soomro, the then LU secretary, to this effect, the agency said.
“The officers of LU department confirmed in their statements that the summary without any outward number seems to be fake/bogus/suspicious,” according to the FIA investigation.
The said officers also told the FIA that two letters with signatures of late Soomro did not "tally with each other".
Subsequently, then-LU special secretary Nazar Mohammed Leghari also confirmed that the summary without outward register should be treated as "fake/fabricated/suspicious".
Despite this, the FIA said the then LU secretary Khalid Mehmood Soomro regularised five acres of land in favour of Epic Air Co.
The second FIR also pertains to the illegal occupation of the airport land, in which 23 suspects have been nominated.
The FIA stated in the FIR that the Supreme Court had imposed a ban on the transaction of state land in 2012 and despite this development, then-LU secretary Saqib Soomro had issued a letter to Arsalan Khalid, who is the sub-attorney of one of the suspects arrested in the case, for the regularisation of four acres of land. Subsequently, revenue department officials and CAA officials allegedly illegally and with mala fide intention created a survey number in favour of Khalid by "overlapping CAA land on the basis of a fake initial sketch knowingly during the ban period", the FIR said.
The FIR also mentions that a man named Nabi Bux had claimed the ownership of this piece of land in 1992 and filed an application in this regard to the then Sindh chief minister. The chief minister had then sought a summary from the LU department and two summaries were subsequently moved, the records of which are missing.
According to the FIA, there were no "complete identifying particulars, NIC number, etc., of the applicant Nabi Bux" available.
The FIA found during the investigation that one of the summaries, including an approval note by the erstwhile chief minister and marked to a member of the LU department, was a photocopy. The approval note by the chief minister attached to it, however, was found to be original.
The other summary, sent to the then LU minister, was found to be original.
Revenue officials told the FIA that "outward registers dated from 1990 to 2007 were burnt in a fire incident in the office of the Board of Revenue, Karachi in 2008, due to which the revenue office is unable to verify the genuineness of the summary", according to the FIR.
The FIA, meanwhile, said efforts were made to verify the same from records in the summary section of the office of the Sindh chief minister and its in-charge "confirmed that the record of the summary in question is not available in the summary section of the Chief Minister's Secretariat."
"However, it has been established from the reply/record of the government's treasury department as well as the NBP (National Bank of Pakistan) that fake/forged challans were submitted for the payment of the occupancy value of the land," the FIR stated.


A very sad state of affairs, how Pakistan was/is being looted by Pakistanis; since last 70 years, no assembly has the spine to legislate against such looting or intentionally/deliberately they do not want to legislate on such issues because of the absence of such legislation is for benefits of themselves. Though PM IK recently took some steps in this direction he has to do a lot more if he is sincere to this country, he should take bold steps against land grabbing mafia/encroachment cases. IMO opinion the total confiscation of the property of such families who are involved in such criminal activities with no less than the death penalty to the real culprits in that family. This accountability should be done across the board and applicable to all Pakistanis/dual nationals/Institutes. None should be allowed to hide behind political parties/institutes. Pakistan badly needs the harsh and cruel justice system to clean the mess. The present justice system is handicapped and could not deliver; this system is also marred by corruption from the 'Kutchehri' level to up and mostly ruled by 'black coats'/sheeps. The whole justice system is hostage to these 'black coats/sheeps'; they are in dire need to be whitewashed.
 

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The PTI minister who was involved in ring road scandal, also established a housing society (under his son name) near Islamabad airport. That is hazardous for air traffic.
 

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The PTI minister who was involved in ring road scandal, also established a housing society (under his son name) near Islamabad airport. That is hazardous for air traffic.
That's why PM IK should demonstrate his capability toward accountability across the board. Further, the government should ban the mushrooming of house societies near/around certain limits around airports. In the west and US, I am of opinion that the people do not want to be residents in airport limits; even there is a night curfew imposed for civil traffic, in Pakistan, it is totally opposite. No idea, why our attitudes are so different than the norms.
 

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someday you wake up in the morning and hear the news that some Sain log put up a huge house on airport runway, CAA took it to Sind high court but court put a two year stay on it.
 

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Karachi airport's demarcation map changed multiple times allegedly for land occupation: FIA probe
Imtiaz AliPublished November 22, 2021 - Updated 36 minutes ago
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An aerial view of the airplane hub at the airport in Karachi's Jinnah International Airport. — Reuters/File's Jinnah International Airport. — Reuters/File

An aerial view of the airplane hub at the airport in Karachi's Jinnah International Airport. — Reuters/File
A probe by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has revealed that the boundary of the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA's) land at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) was shifted multiple times over the years in connivance with CAA and revenue department officials, purportedly to illegally occupy the property.
According to FIA officials and documents reviewed by Dawn.com, demarcation maps for the land in question were created several times on the basis of "mala fide intentions" to encroach upon the property.
In a statement issued on Monday, an FIA spokesperson said two first information reports (FIRs) had been registered in relation to the case by the agency's Corporate Crime Circle and a total of 32 suspects had been nominated in both the cases. The suspects include former federal minister retired Capt Haleem Siddiqi, former Karachi administrator Saqib Soomro, East Deputy Commissioner Muhammed Ali Shah, revenue department officials and others.
These details were also confirmed to Dawn by FIA Karachi Director Amir Farooqi on Sunday, who said the FIRs had been registered on behalf of CAA Additional Director Jafar Abbas Cheema.
Among the suspects, three CAA officials — former senior estate officer Zareen Gul Durrani, erstwhile assistant manager estate Mohammed Yunus and former general manager estate Syed Mohammed Kaleem — and one private person named Mushtaq were arrested in raids carried out on Saturday.
According to the FIRs, the land acquisition for Jinnah International Airport in Malir, then East district, was initiated in 1976 and the property was allocated to the CAA in 1983. The property comprised 78 acres of private land and 209 acres of state land. Subsequently, demarcation maps for the land were prepared in 1983, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2019, revealing that relevant revenue officials had been changing the boundary of the CAA land on the basis of "mala fide intention" to pave the way for the "illegal creation of new survey numbers" and "illegal relocation of survey numbers", allegedly to usurp the property.
“Zareen Gul Durrani, the then JIAP estate officer, Jahanzeb Khan and Mohammed Ali, the then senior surveyor at JIAP, have signed the said fabricated demarcation maps and also issued an NOC (no-objection certificate) without concurrence from the law officer and approval from the competent authority,” the FIRs, available with Dawn.com, said.
One of the FIRs pertains to an attempt by unidentified persons to illegally occupy five acres of the CAA land in April 2021, "on the false presumption that the Survey No 575 and 576 in NA-Class 153 Deh Mehran have been relocated" on the said land. According to the FIR, the attempt was made under the authority of East Deputy Commissioner Muhammed Ali Shah but was stopped by an airport manager.
This case has been registered against 11 suspects.
The FIR further stated that Capt Haleem Siddiqui claimed that he had purchased the said land from one Ayesha Mohammed Khan in 1993 for his company Epic Air Pvt. Ltd and the same was regularised by the land utilisation (LU) department.
The FIA said records revealed that Ayesha had purchased 62 acres of land in Deh Narather in Karachi's West district, while the LU was given 84 acres in lieu of the 62 acres.
However, the record file of the LU showed that the outward number did not appear in the summary sent to the Sindh chief minister by Ghulam Abbas Soomro, the then LU secretary, to this effect, the agency said.
“The officers of LU department confirmed in their statements that the summary without any outward number seems to be fake/bogus/suspicious,” according to the FIA investigation.
The said officers also told the FIA that two letters with signatures of late Soomro did not "tally with each other".
Subsequently, then-LU special secretary Nazar Mohammed Leghari also confirmed that the summary without outward register should be treated as "fake/fabricated/suspicious".
Despite this, the FIA said the then LU secretary Khalid Mehmood Soomro regularised five acres of land in favour of Epic Air Co.
The second FIR also pertains to the illegal occupation of the airport land, in which 23 suspects have been nominated.
The FIA stated in the FIR that the Supreme Court had imposed a ban on the transaction of state land in 2012 and despite this development, then-LU secretary Saqib Soomro had issued a letter to Arsalan Khalid, who is the sub-attorney of one of the suspects arrested in the case, for the regularisation of four acres of land. Subsequently, revenue department officials and CAA officials allegedly illegally and with mala fide intention created a survey number in favour of Khalid by "overlapping CAA land on the basis of a fake initial sketch knowingly during the ban period", the FIR said.
The FIR also mentions that a man named Nabi Bux had claimed the ownership of this piece of land in 1992 and filed an application in this regard to the then Sindh chief minister. The chief minister had then sought a summary from the LU department and two summaries were subsequently moved, the records of which are missing.
According to the FIA, there were no "complete identifying particulars, NIC number, etc., of the applicant Nabi Bux" available.
The FIA found during the investigation that one of the summaries, including an approval note by the erstwhile chief minister and marked to a member of the LU department, was a photocopy. The approval note by the chief minister attached to it, however, was found to be original.
The other summary, sent to the then LU minister, was found to be original.
Revenue officials told the FIA that "outward registers dated from 1990 to 2007 were burnt in a fire incident in the office of the Board of Revenue, Karachi in 2008, due to which the revenue office is unable to verify the genuineness of the summary", according to the FIR.
The FIA, meanwhile, said efforts were made to verify the same from records in the summary section of the office of the Sindh chief minister and its in-charge "confirmed that the record of the summary in question is not available in the summary section of the Chief Minister's Secretariat."
"However, it has been established from the reply/record of the government's treasury department as well as the NBP (National Bank of Pakistan) that fake/forged challans were submitted for the payment of the occupancy value of the land," the FIR stated.


A very sad state of affairs, how Pakistan was/is being looted by Pakistanis; since last 70 years, no assembly has the spine to legislate against such looting or intentionally/deliberately they do not want to legislate on such issues because of the absence of such legislation is for benefits of themselves. Though PM IK recently took some steps in this direction he has to do a lot more if he is sincere to this country, he should take bold steps against land grabbing mafia/encroachment cases. IMO opinion the total confiscation of the property of such families who are involved in such criminal activities with no less than the death penalty to the real culprits in that family. This accountability should be done across the board and applicable to all Pakistanis/dual nationals/Institutes. None should be allowed to hide behind political parties/institutes. Pakistan badly needs the harsh and cruel justice system to clean the mess. The present justice system is handicapped and could not deliver; this system is also marred by corruption from the 'Kutchehri' level to up and mostly ruled by 'black coats'/sheeps. The whole justice system is hostage to these 'black coats/sheeps'; they are in dire need to be whitewashed.
Now thousands of people live there on airports property.
Kerlo Kia karogy ab. So rahy thy sub abhi tak.
 

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