KARACHI - Local and Sindh government officials are trying to flee abroad after Rangers started arresting key government officials to investigate the land grabbing cases, The Nation learnt here on Thursday.

The sudden diversion of Karachi operation from criminals to white-collar criminals creates an uncertain situation in the government offices where attendance of the officers has declined in last two days.

It is pertinent to mention here that Rangers has raided and arrested various key officials of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) over their misappropriations and misuse of power. Following the arrest of KDA officials, other officers of KDA and other departments, particularly the officials of Sindh Building Control Authority, got panic and are trying to escape abroad.

It has also been reported that the key officials of SBCA were trying to flee when security agencies restrained them at Karachi international airport and asked them to go home without charging them in any case.

Sources privy to the matter revealed that the authorities concerned have directed the Sindh government to impose ban on ex-Pakistan leave and any sort of long leave to the officials. They said that Chief Secretary Siddique Memon had also directed the secretary local government to make the list of employees’ submitted applications for ex-Pakistan leaves.

He has also been directed to submit the list of officers leaving abroad or trying to leave the country within seven days.

They said it had also been decided to change the procedure for NOC getting government officials before leaving abroad. They said the federal government itself was monitoring the Karachi operation. It directed the Federal Investigation Agency, National Accountability Bureau and Anti-Corruption Department to make the list of all pending corruption cases to boost up their investigations. Sources revealed that chief secretary has also directed the secretary local government to submit the complete report about the officials who managed to escape abroad.



The Medical and Health Services Department identified a number of ghost employees during physical verification of staff working in its various hospitals in Karachi. The verification was conducted on directive of Sindh Local Government Minister Sharjeel Memon, said a statement on Thursday. About 42 ghost employees were identified in the physical verification process that has been carried out in the Sarfraz Rafiqui Shaheed Hospital.  

The Medical and Health Department has begun departmental action against these employees whereas other 30 employees of this hospital who were deputed in other KMC hospitals, dispensaries and departments were directed to report to the Senior Director Medical and Health Services within three days for getting the orders of their next posting.

Meanwhile in the physical verification of staff of KMC’s Gizri Maternity Home, 10 employees who were working in other departments, hospitals and dispensaries were directed to report to the Senior Director Medical and Health Services within three days for their next posting.

KDA’s dy director land arrested

Heavy contingent of Rangers conducted raid at Karachi Development Authority (KDA) on the second consecutive day and arrested three persons including the KDA Deputy Director Land here on Thursday. According to details, Rangers raided and arrested Deputy Director Land Waheed Qureshi and two of his subordinates including Imran and Kamran. It is believed that the officers have been arrested over their alleged involvement in land grabbing and financial assistance to the target killers.  Earlier on Wednesday, a similar raid has been conducted in which Rangers arrested Qavi Ali Khan, Director Recovery KDA, and five other KDA officers while Najam-uz-Zaman, another deputy director land, has also been arrested from his residence during the raid on Wednesday.

Sources privy to the matter revealed that the accused persons have been arrested by Rangers on indication by ABAD Chairman Babar Mirza who has been arrested for financing the target killers and land grabbing.