ACE Books EPA Officials, Others In Illegal Housing Societies Case

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LAHORE: The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment has booked eight officials, including Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Lahore director general, and two others in connection with illegal housing societies in Kalar Kahar where former minister Rana Sanaullah also acquired two farm houses.

According to ACE, on the recommendations of an investigating committee, the Rawalpindi ACE on Friday filed an FIR against former and incumbent EPA DGs and six others on charges of corruption and negligence besides supporting illegal activities.

“The administration of housing colonies established at Kalar Kahar neither got any NoC from the departments concerned nor obtained approval of the map of colonies from the Chakwal District Council. For establishing new colonies, the developers illegally cut the trees and damaged greenery and create environment pollution in the area,” the ACE said, adding this activity directly hit the natural beauty of the area.

The ACE said the FIR had been registered against EPA former DG Tanveer Jabbar, incumbent DG Irfan Nazir, Assistant Director Environment Fawad Ali, DO Planning Tariq Aziz, Chakwal District Council Enforcement Inspector Sher Ali, Kalar Kahar MOP Shahbaz Ahmed, ex-sub registrar Maqbool Hussain, Kalar Kahar Registrar Shabbir Ahmed, Bismillah Farm House owner Ikhlaq Ahmed and Shalimar Hills Housing Scheme owner Nisar Ahmed.

“During the investigation, it was revealed Rana Sanaullah has also owned two farm houses in one of these illegal housing colonies. These farm houses were transferred to Sanaullah at less price of scheduled rate of the area,” it said.

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