Apex court has issued an order to launch an investigation against Bahria Town Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started a formal probe against Bahria Town. Thus, we can say that Bahria Town Housing Estate is in Trouble.
Javed Iqbal the NAB Chairman has asked the director generals to fully complete an investigation within the next three months.
In a decision made on May 4th, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has given the verdict that the land used in Bahria Town Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Murree is illegal.
Thus the court has asked the national accountability bureau to file references against the responsible people and take necessary action against them in the three months’ time.
In response to the Court’s decision NAB said that their investigation in New Murree Development Scheme is finished. Inquiry against Bahria Town Lahore will be done if there are any irregularities noticed in the project.
Court said, “We are constrained to declare that the grant of the land to the MDA, its exchange with the land of Bahria Town and anything done pursuant thereto being against the provisions of Colonization of Government Lands Act, (COGLA) 1912 and statement of conditions are void ab initio and as such have no existence.”
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Adding “The government land would go back to the government and the land of Bahria Town exchanged for the government land would go back to Bahria Town.”
As per Supreme Court, Bahria Town is also responsible for forest land encroachment in Takht Pari area near Islamabad.
Court said, “We declare that the area of Takht Pari is 2,210 acres, that exchange of land purportedly encroached by Bahria Town and the forest department and attestation of mutations in this behalf being based on an erroneous assumption about the area is against the law and the record and as such of no effect and the order passed in SMC No. 3 of 2009 is recalled.”