The Sindh government allotted thousands of acres of government land to Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz, reported in the local media.
According to the report in Dawn, Sindh Rangers presented a report during a meeting of the apex committee in May which claimed that the provincial government had allotted 44,000 acres of government land to Bahria Town. The land allotted to Bahria Town was along the Super Highway, said the Rangers report.
Bahria Town has rejected the Rangers’ claim.
A letter issued on June 9 by the organisation’s corporate office in Rawalpindi to Maj Gen Bilal Akbar, Director General of Rangers, Sindh, said: “Not a single acre of government land has been allotted / purchased by Bahria Town.”
Rejecting the Rangers’ claim, the firm further stated: “The above figure of 44,000 acres is incorrect, baseless and frivolous.”
The real estate firm said it had purchased the land from private parties and paid all duties and taxes.
According to a report which Bahria Town recently placed before the Supreme Court, the real estate firm owns 40,000 acres land in different cities across the country.
A legal aide to Malik Riaz told the paper that the Rangers information was incorrect.
According to him, Bahria Town had purchased a total of 7,631 acres in Karachi to date.
A senior official of Bahria Town, Colonel (r) Khalilur Rehman told the news outfit that the real estate firm had purchased the land from private owners at prices ranging from Rs 850,000 to Rs 6 million per acre.
He confirmed that on June 9, the firm had written a letter to the Rangers Director General requesting “correction” of their record. However, Rangers have not replied to the letter so far.
According to the paper’s sources in Rangers, any information meant for the Director General was first “tested and analysed” at different levels. “Only well-scrutinised information can be passed to the Director General,” the report quoted its source as saying