islamabad - Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has confirmed that a fraud of Rs. 328 million has surfaced in the Special Audit report of the Senate Secretariat Employees Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad.

In his written reply to National Assembly Secretariat, Iqbal said last week, that the embezzlement has been found during the period of previous Managing Committees of the Society.

He said that irregularities were found in execution and illegal affiliation agreement of 414 kanals land with M/s Fazal-e-Rabbi Enterprises and development contract with M/s Shayan Associates and Akhtar Associates. According to official documents, 18 people were involved in the massive corruption. EX-President Dildar Muhammad Fani, Ex- Vice President Syed Mazhar Ul Hassan Zaidi, along with ten other officials of the society were nominated for the embezzlement.

The Patwari of the society, Mehmood Ahmed Abbasi was also found to be the member of the gang along with Tanveer Akhtar, Land provider, Shayan Associates, and Akhtar Construction development contractor. Minister said that action has been taken against the concerned persons by filing a case against them under Section 50-A of the Cooperative Societies Act, 1925 for recovery of embezzled amount in the court of the Registrar Cooperative Societies, ICT, Islamabad, which is at final stage.

Last year, misappropriation and embezzlement of over Rs 5 billion in four cooperative housing societies of the federal capital, was found and reported. On complaints from the effected people the then Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced implementing massive reforms.

Since the last several decades, the effectees, mostly salaried individuals belonging to the low income strata deposited thousands every month from their meagre resources in a hope to get their own house in federal capital.

But most of them remained plot-less despite depositing full installments and hefty charges in the name of development charges. We have visited Chief Commissioner, DC, DC Revenue, Registrar Housing Societies numerous times, but from decades -we have been without plots because the land mafia has purchased them all, said Younis, an affectee. Islamabad Chief Commissioner and ICT spokesman Kamran Cheema, did not respond to the query sent to him via text messages.

Despite repeated requests, neither Chief Commissioner Islamabad nor his staff respond to any queries or allegations related to any housing society. The staff claims they are helpless as it is a high level game.