Balochistan Caretaker Information Minister, Jan Achakzai and Revenue Minister, Amjad Rasheed addressing a press conference: Photo Muhammad Ismail

Syed Ali Shah:
The Balochistan caretaker ministers unveiled a major financial scandal in the provincial capital on Monday evening. “Over 5000 acres of land illegally allotted in various parts of Quetta”, Amjad Rasheed, the Balochistan Revenue Minister told a news conference. Balochistan caretaker Information Minister, Jan Achakzai was also present on the occasion.

The Revenue Minister also announced to establish a special complaint cell to address the grievances of the masses in this regard. “Land illegally allotted in Samkhail and Haiderzai areas”, Amjad Rasheed informed. The ministers spoke at length about the scandal and urged the people to submit evidence in this regard.

Thorough investigation to be conducted: Amjad Rasheed

Amjad Rasheed vowed that a thorough investigation would be conducted in this regard on the directives of caretaker prime minister Anwar ul Haq Kakar. “We are clear about this and none would be spared in this regard”, he said.

In response to a question, Balochistan Information Minister Jan Achakzai assured that the revenue staff involved in irregularities would be taken to task. “They would not be spared”, Mr. Achakzai said. He said caretaker Chief Minister Ali Mardan Domki and Prime Minister Anwar ul Haq Kakar had issued stern warning to all those involved in corruption and commission.

Complaint cell established

The ministers urged the people to contact the complaint cell with regard to the land allotment issues in Balochistan.

“We will not tolerate any corruption in revenue department”, Minister vowed. He said a mechanism was being evolved to address the issues of indigenous people on a priority basis.

Influentials involved in illegal allotment

Jan Achakzai stated that present caretaker government was fully aware about the issues faced by people and efforts were on for their solution. Nobody is above the law and officials involved in corruption would be taken to task, Jan AchakZai said.

The minister hinted the involvement of influential people in the illegal allotment in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. However, they preferred not to name any influential person in the scandal.

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