ISLAMABAD - A strange kind of row between two government functionaries — Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and ICT Administration — raised its ugly head on Tuesday when the former turning down an approval of the Prime Minister reoccupied a building occupied by ICTA for its offices, the same day.

Sources privy to the development informed that Islamabad  administration after the approval of a summary by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday got possession the three blocks of the building of Curriculum Wing of devolved Ministry of Education located in Sector H-9/3 adjacent to HEC building. The building, having total five blocks, has been lying vacant since the devolution of Ministry of Education to the provinces as a result of 18th Amend and CADD was having its administrative control.

However, a source informed that CADD turning down the approval of PM got reoccupied the three blocks of the building within hours after the local administration got its occupation on Tuesday and Secretary CADD Imtiaz Inayat Elahi himself visited the site. “The officials of CADD broke the locks of the rooms to reoccupy the building and all this happened under the directions of Secretary CADD,” the source added. According to an official of the local administration, CADD had been duly informed about the approval of PM and the ICT Administration got possession of the building after having tits consent. An official of the Ministry of Housing and Works confirmed that PM had approved summary moved by the ministry that three vacant blocks of the Curriculum Wing of the Ministry of Education should be given to ICT Administration for its official purposes.

 He said that State Office of the ministry had issued a letter in this regard and the proposal was forwarded to PM after conducting proper survey of all vacant buildings of the devolved ministries. He also informed that the ministry had estimated a saving of around Rs 1.25 billion from the national kitty by handing over the building to ICT as the government would have to construct a new building for its offices.

However, senior bureaucrats are seeing the whole saga a row between two senior bureaucrats —  Secretary CADD Imtiaz Inayat Elahi and Chief Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Mahmood Prizada — who had developed differences with each other over the key issues of the Federal Capital when former was the Chairman CDA.

Rafique Tahir, spokesman of CADD, said that division had not received any notification about the approval of a summary by the PM and added that that all happened due to some kind of misunderstanding. “We have contacted PM Secretariat and we had been conveyed from the Secretariat that the building would remain under our possession,” he said. He also informed that a committee including Federal Secretaries of Establishment, Cabinet, CADD and Principal Secretary to PM already existed to consider such allotment cases and no such meeting of the committee took place during the time. About a question that whether PM Secretariat had conveyed them in black and white, he gave vague answer saying that CADD had moved a summary to PM Secretariat in this regard, however, did not clarify whether they had some thing in black and white or not. He also said that it had come into the knowledge of CADD that building was mistakenly allotted to ICTA and CADD, both.

Offices of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Islamabad refused to comment on the issue.