Documents Unearth Rs. 500 Billion Embezzlement in Rawalpindi Ring Road Project

Documents Unearth Rs. 500 Billion Embezzlement in Rawalpindi Ring Road Project in 2022

An official investigation has revealed embezzlement in the Rawalpindi Ring Road project worth hundreds of billions of rupees.

In their secret study report, the concerned top officials revealed that the project directly benefited some members of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet, as well as a few dozen investors, who made Rs. Five hundred billion illegally by selling bogus plot files through illegal maps of housing societies.

The files were sold with the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Punjab government logos.

According to the report, local landowners, those who purchased plots and files, and the Punjab government all fell victim to the fictitious project.

The victims of this mega-scandal filed complaints with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department, the Prime Minister, and the Punjab Chief Minister, but received no relief.

Plot buyers’ investments have been squandered, and hundreds of Pakistanis living abroad have also been duped.

The classified document revealed that investors involved in the fraud targeted 226,000 acres of agricultural land. Over 50 societies and investors raised Rs. 150 billion in the first phase by selling 75,000 bogus files from Chakri to Mort Interchange. The sale of 48,000 files from Mort to Hukla Interchange generated an additional Rs. 48 billion.

“An additional Rs. One hundred fifty billion was collected by selling 400,000 files in the Attock Loop premises, and then another Rs. 24 billion was collected in the name of development and valuation,” it added.

The report advocated for access to all files sold in the name of the Ring Road project, as well as an investigation into all buying and selling records, anonymous transactions, tax evasion, and fraud.

The investigation also revealed that changes were made to the Ring Road project’s original plan to benefit some powerful individuals, including Zulfi Bukhari and Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

After being named in the case, Zulfi Bukhari, a special assistant to ex-PM Imran Khan, resigned and sent an Rs. 1 billion defamation notice to the Rawalpindi Commissioner who prepared the report.

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