LAHORE: Affectees of Paragon City housing society have alleged that they have been robbed of Rs one billion by Homeland Estate and Builders with the connivance of a housing society administration.

In a press conference held at Lahore Press Club on Wednesday they appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to look into the matter and provide them justice.

Around 50 to 60 affected people talking to the media alleged that for the last two years Homeland Real Estate & Builders whose owner Haji Nadeem Ahmed along with his co partners Taseer Hussain, Mudasar Shehzad, Shahab Khan, Yasir Mukhtar and Nasir Munir have been robbing the people. It is the largest operating estate in Paragon City.

Danyal Khan, Qaiser Mehmood, Arbab and others claimed that Homeland Real Estate & Builders did the fraud in connivance with administration of Paragon City.  They said Nadeem Ahmed conned everyone include investors, common people who invested in plots of the Paragon City, widows and lost their lifetime earnings.  

The affected people claimed that Homeland Estate committed forgery and gave cheques which were bounced by the banks. They said in other cases the victims were given bogus documents on payments for the plots.

They said after losing hope from Paragon City Administration and Police they had come to highlight the issue on media to tell their part of story. They alleged police has lodged FIRs of four people but had not made any progress.

They said federal Minister for Railways Kh Saad Rafique should come up and solve the matter as he owns the Paragon City housing society.

Shahab Khan, one of the co partner and investor in Homeland Estate told The Nation that he had also been the victim of fraud as his Rs 50 million had gone down the drain due to owner of Homeland Estate and Builders. “Those people who are claiming we are involved in any fraud did not contact us at the time of property deal. We and claimants of the alleged fraud want justice in this case.  

Sources in Lahore Development Authority (LDA) told The Nation that the Paragon City housing society was previously registered under Aziz Bhatti Town administration and after the September 2013, it has been registered and approved private housing society.

LDA Chief Metropolitan Planner Waheed Ahmad Butt told The Nation that this case seems to be civil matter as it was a private contract between two parties. Answering a query he said that LDA time to time informs the masses about the illegal housing societies and LDA keeps an eye on the approved schemes of the city that they work as per the approved structures and schemes from LDA.