Former Commissioner Pindi held in Ring Road corruption scam


The Punjab Anti-Corruption team has arrested former Commissioner Rawalpind Captian (retd) Muhammad Mehmood over his alleged involvement in the Ring Road scam case, sources said on Wednesday.
The sources said that besides the arrest of Captian (retd) Muhammad Mehmood, the anti-corruption team also arrested chairman land acquisition Waseem Tabish.
The sources said that they examined 21,000 documents to conclude their investigations and it emerged that the total cost of the project was raised to Rs60 billion after a change in the alignment of the Ring Road project.
“It previously included a cost of Rs 40 billion on construction and Rs16 billion for land acquisition,” he said and added that even approval for change in alignment was not sought from the chief minister Punjab.
The sources said that private housing societies were given the advantage of the change in the alignment as massive purchasing began in the areas after March 2020.
A fact-finding inquiry committee detected large-scale irregularities in the Ring Road project.
The inquiry committee formed by the Punjab government revealed that Mehmood made illegal changes in the actual plan of the Rawalpindi Ring Road to benefit some influential persons.
Former LAC Waseem Tabish and former government officer Abdullah were also involved in the scam, said the report.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari has registered from his public office after an inquiry into the Rawalpindi Ring Road project after his alleged involvement in corrupt practices.