Sanaullah accuses Imran,
wife Bushra of receiving
land as graft
from Bahria Town


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday accused former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi of accepting Rs5 billion and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town in return for “providing protection” to the real estate firm in a money laundering case during the PTI government.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Sanaullah said Bahria Town had “illegally transferred” Rs50bn to a Pakistani national in the UK. The transfer, he said, was identified by the UK’s National Crime Agency, which subsequently informed the then PTI government of the crime.

Sanaullah claimed that Imran, the prime minister at the time, had tasked Shehzad Akbar, ex-PM’s aide on accountability, to resolve the matter. Akbar “settled” the entire case, while the Rs50bn — which was state property and belonged to the national treasury — was adjusted against Bahria Town’s liability, the interior minister alleged.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sana Ullah along with Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister for Communication Maulana Asad Mehmood and Advisor to Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs Qamar Zaman Kaira addressing a Post Cabinet meeting Press Conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He said the former prime minister accepted a graft of Rs5bn as “his share” through Akbar before the case was wrapped.

Sanaullah said the federal cabinet has formed a sub-committee to investigate the scandal and deal with it as per the law.

“The case did not just end here. Bahria Town, after its Rs50bn was protected by the government, entered an agreement and allotted a 458-kanal land with an on-paper value of Rs530 million to a trust owned by Imran and his wife,” he claimed.

Bahria Town donated the land to Al-Qadir Trust, with the agreement bearing signatures of the real estate developer’s donors and Bushra Khan — the wife of former premier Imran, Sanaullah alleged.

He said the non-profit organisation had only two trustees: Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi.

The minister said that another 240 kanals were transferred to “Farah Shehzadi” — commonly known as Farah — a close friend of Bushra Bibi.

He said the nation’s wealth was “looted and the then-first lady signed the documents without any fear”.

“Why did Bahria Town transfer 458-kanal land to the Trust and 200-kanal land in Bani Gala to Farah Shehzadi,” he questioned.

He said the impression created by [PTI leaders] was that the land was meant for the construction of a university, but said that no charter for any varsity was approved by the Punjab Assembly.

“The cabinet has now made the document public and an inquiry will be conducted into it before the investigators proceed further,” the minister said.

Shahzad Akbar was working as a ‘broker’

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Tuesday revealed details of former prime minister Imran Khan’s alleged corruption. Addressing a press conference, after the cabinet meeting, flanked by Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and Communications Minister Asad Mahmood, the interior minister blamed former prime minister Imran Khan for being wrongly labelled as “Sadiq and Amin”.

He accused that the documents shown by the ousted premier for approval were all passed through the cabinet without the members being informed about its details.

Citing sources, Rana Sana said that later it was revealed that funds worth Rs50 billion under a private housing scheme were transferred to the UK illegally which was later traced by the authorities and was confiscated by the UK’s National Crime Agency.

The interior minister alleged that former prime minister Imran Khan’s corruption czar Mirza Shahzad Akbar was involved in the misappropriation of Rs50 billion in a case related to a private housing project which was unearthed in the UK. Rana Sanaullah said that Akbar was working as a “broker” for Imran Khan.