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No connection to land concerned in Rawalpindi Ring Street venture: aviation minister

Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan
Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Monday categorically denied that he or his household had any hyperlinks with the housing societies from which the federal government acquired land for the Rawalpindi Ring Street (RRR) venture.

He made the feedback throughout a press convention in Islamabad by which he mentioned he and his household would “go away politics for all times whether it is proved that even one marla from the place to begin to finish level [of the RRR] belongs to me, my brother, my son, or any member of my household”.

Khan mentioned he would situation a defamation discover to the one that had levelled allegations towards him and challenged him to show that land acquired for the venture was ever taken, offered or saved by the minister.

“A whole lot of politicians and bureaucrats have linkages with [housing] societies. Folks from the journalist neighborhood have linkages too. I don’t have any linkage. My household has no linkage with any society or any financial profit [from a society].”

Khan’s feedback got here days after Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered an inquiry into the RRR venture rip-off after which the Punjab authorities determined to ship the case to the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) or the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) for thorough investigation.

The selections have been taken after two fact-finding experiences — one by the Rawalpindi commissioner and the opposite by the deputy commissioner — landed within the prime minister’s workplace, with the second report hinting that the venture had been realigned with the approval of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and his finance adviser Dr Salman Shah.

Nonetheless, the opposition PML-N demanded motion towards the related authorities for approving the ring highway’s realignment, asserting that neither CM Buzdar and PM Khan nor “direct beneficiaries” akin to cupboard members Khan and PM’s aide Zulfi Bokhari have to be exempted.

PML-N deputy secretary common Attaullah Tarar had alleged each Bokhari and Khan had acquired enormous monetary advantages by the ring highway venture as a result of their lands have been close to the venture.

In his press convention in the present day, Khan mentioned that he would situation a defamation discover to the one that had “used such language towards me and my household”. He added that he was able to face all allegations if the individual approached the courts with documentary proof although it was unclear whether or not he was referring to PML-N’s Tarar or journalist Imran Khan who the minister claimed had “made the [RRR project’s] alignment a scandal and made an effort to hyperlink him with it”.

“Now we have no connection to [change in the project’s] alignment. Now we have no monetary stake in any society. The alignment has not been modified on our whim,” he emphasised.

Speaking concerning the inquiry committee that investigated the rip-off, Khan mentioned that the report finalised by the convener of the committee — the Rawalpindi commissioner — had not been endorsed by two members of the four-person committee who submitted a separate report.

“The inquiry report despatched by the convener to the chief minister, on which the CM [and] provincial authorities took motion, was controversial,” he claimed.

“When one or two members dissent and ship a separate report, it has no function. It turns into controversial. This inquiry is controversial and this inquiry report has no credibility on the highest discussion board.”

The minister mentioned he would elevate the matter in a gathering of the federal cupboard tomorrow and would ask for a “re-inquiry”.

He mentioned the Ring Street venture had been into account for a very long time and neither of the 2 essential opposition events — PPP and PML-N — had been in a position to implement it regardless of coming to energy thrice.

Khan recalled that an alignment for the venture was finalised in 1970, based on which the place to begin was close to Rawat whereas the tip level was the Thalian Interchange after which the visitors would emerge on the motorway. Nonetheless, the Nationwide Freeway Authority (NHA) had reservations and mentioned the alignment was not “technically possible”, he added.

He mentioned he steered in a gathering relating to the venture that the correct of means of motorways be utilised at which the NHA mentioned that it will “value closely” as a result of housing societies had sprung up on the sidelines of each the M1 and M2 motorways.

“No political character has any type of reference to the alignment. If the alignment has been modified, it was due to purely technical causes which solely the technical folks can describe.”

Speaking about journalist Imran Khan’s YouTube present, the minister mentioned he “strongly condemned the implication” that the petroleum portfolio was taken from him as a result of a scandal and the trouble to hyperlink him with the RRR venture’s alignment.

Khan mentioned there might be a “private reference to a home or a person” in a housing society however denied there have been any monetary hyperlinks.

He mentioned his title was not included within the inquiry committee’s phrases of reference or within the experiences themselves but it surely was “fed by someone”, including that he was additionally looking for the weather who had given his title.

He shared that he had met the prime minister earlier than Eidul Fitr and pressured that the RRR venture was a “flagship venture” of the PTI and “mustn’t change into a sufferer of controversy and shouldn’t be placed on pending”.

“It is a venture of Pakistan and will probably be a political benefit will likely be for the PTI,” he added.