A mystery surrounds the distribution of stores in the F-8 flower market

ISLAMABAD: Mystery surrounds the allocation of stores in the F-8 Flower Market earlier this year, as the then COO and Director of Municipal Administration (DMA) said that all the award letters were fake.

On the other hand, the so-called assignees took possession of the 11 shops a few days ago but the DMA sealed them on Wednesday.

The flower market was built by the Capital Development Authority a few years ago. Later, CDA handed it over to DMA, an organization of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI).

Sources said the recipients claimed the letters were released in January this year when MCI Director General Syed Ali Asghar was also acting as DMA Director.

The sources said the case file was also available from the DMA and last month, when information emerged about the alleged attributions, an investigation was ordered by MCI Deputy Managing Director Laiq Zaman.

However, the two-member commission of inquiry has not yet made any progress.

The sources said that according to the rules, the stores should have been awarded through an open auction. However, if the claim of the beneficiaries is true, it means that only selected people were assigned the stores.

The scam took a new turn when a former director of the DMA, who is still the chief executive of the MCI, denied having endorsed the case.

Speaking to Dawn on Friday, Syed Ali Asghars said: “The award letters in the questions are wrong. I had nothing to do with this so-called file,” he said.

When asked if he had given no approval, if he would send the case to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action against those involved, he said, “Currently, I am on leave and after joining the service, I will surely act,” he said.

On the other hand, when contacted, the current DMA director, Shakil Arshad, who had the stores sealed, said that the record of the award case was available in the DMA file. .

“We are checking the file. Some DMA officers say their signature on the record was fake. One thing is clear, we will award these stores through an open auction according to the rules,” he said.

A DMA official said the scam warranted proper investigation by the FIA ​​or NAB to uncover the truth. “If the stores have been awarded without conducting an open auction, action must be taken against the officers involved and if the signatures are false, anyone who has done this must be reprimanded,” he said.

Posted in Dawn, May 22, 2022

Terisa K. Carn