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Monday, September 28, 2009

Indicted governor, plea-bargained tycoon land juicy power contracts

Background investigation revealed that Iqbal Z Ahmed has a knack for ending up in power corridors of every hue, political or otherwise. Not shaken by his arrest and confinement at Sarwar Road, Police Station, Lahore, by General Pervez Musharraf’s NAB, Iqbal got so close to Pervez Musharraf later that he was a regular visitor to Presidency. He would also be invited to attend meetings in the Camp Office of the Musharraf. It was, according to a source, in one of those meetings on March 22, 2006 attended by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and President Musharraf that official minutes of the meeting (available with The News) stated the order of the President/Prime Minister for “WAPDA” to finalize terms and conditions for leasing Lakhra Power Plant to Associated Group within one week. The same minutes also ordered that “An appropriate block in Thar Coal Field to be allocated to Associated Group”. Iqbal’s interest and dealings with the NAB led Iqbal to give lucrative LPG quotas not only to several army generals but also handed LPG quota to Ex-NAB Chairman General Khalid Maqbool’s son in law company M/s Synergy Resources, Ex-NAB Chairman General Munir Hafeez’s wife Mrs Humaira Hafeez owned company M/s Wyne Gas also got LPG quota and so did Super Star Gas a company owned by Ex-NAB Senior Official Capt Basharat Ahmed as well as to Sagi Gas a company owned by the son of Col Sadiq, another Senior NAB Official. Iqbal Z Ahmed also had close relative of Musharraf’s Principal Secretary Mohsin Hafeez covered in this quota scheme besides the former Interior Minister General Moeen uddin Haider’s son as well as General Tariq Hameed and General Rehmat Khan. Jehangir Badar’s brother works for the Associated Group. Indicted governor, plea-bargained tycoon land juicy power contracts


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