Islamabad-An official of Sir Syed Memorial Society on Thursday made a startling revelation that an amount of Rs 800 million was embezzled from the accounts of the society.

Director of the Society, Nighat Mirza told the Senate sub-committee on Cabinet Secretariat that the audit teams unearthed the misappropriation of millions of rupees. She alleged that some of the officials were singled out when they pointed out the embezzlement in the Society’s accounts. Ms. Mirza said that their salaries were stopped and they were victimized. She further alleged that the new administration of the Society in connivance with the corrupt elements leased out the Society’s complex to a university which, she said was illegal. She said that the Supreme Court has also directed to get the complex vacated from the university.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad told the sub-committee that under the law, a university cannot be established in a complex and assured that CDA would get it vacated by June 2018. The society was registered under Society Act 1861 and former President Zia-ul-Haq had allotted a plot to the Society in sector G-5 of the capital. According to the charter of the Society, a memorial hall was to be constructed on the plot and that was not to be leased out to a third party. 

The sub-committee met under the chairmanship of Senator Kalsoom Perveen. It also examined the regulations and amendments in the laws pertaining to the Capital Development Authority and Islamabad Capital Territory. Convener of the committee, Senator Kalsoom Perveen sought audit reports of 2017 and regulations pertaining to the housing societies in the federal capital. She also asked the concerned authorities to ensure payments and alternate land to the people whose land was acquired for Islamabad. The committee also sought record of the cases sent to NAB and FIA which involved CDA.