KARACHI (9 News) – Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) former director-general (DG) parks may have succeeded to dodge the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as teams leaves empty-handed after breaking into Qaimkhani’s safe.
According to the sources, the second locker at the accused’s house turned out empty, while the locker was opened after a seven-hour effort with the help of a cameraman. The team used drills to break into the safe but found that it was empty.
The sources claim that the family of the former DG parks family seized the valuables in the locker, when the opportunity arose. It also added that the family transferred the contents of the lock to another location prior to NAB’s raid.
A day earlier, the NAB second time raided the house of former KMC DG Liaquat Qaimkhani in Karachi. During the raid, the anti-graft watchdog body team searched various rooms of the house and took several important documents in their custody.
The raid follows after the initial interrogation from Qaimkhani by the NAB, sources said and added that another locker, which was recovered in last raid, will be opened with the help of his brother.
The former DG parks is currently in NAB’s custody for 14 days in a fake bank accounts case.
Earlier, KMC former DG Parks Liaquat Qaimkhani was remanded into NAB custody for 14 days. The NAB has presented former director general of parks and horticulture in Karachi before accountability court in fake bank accounts case.
During the proceedings headed by judge Mohammad Bashir, the anti-corruption watchdog has requested to extend physical remand of Qaimkhani for further interrogation.
The NAB prosecutor stated that the accused misused his authority for illegally allotment. However, the court approved the physical remand of Liaquat Qaimkhani for 14 days.
Earlier on September 19, the NAB had recovered a huge cache of wealth, including costly and luxury vehicles, bonds, documents of properties, diamond and gold ornaments, from the palace-like house of Liaquat Ali Qaimkhani, Adviser to Karachi Mayor on Parks.
The NAB authorities also seized the official record of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). The list of 200 costly items includes eight luxury vehicles, 171 tolas of gold ornaments, modern weapons, documents of bungalows in Lahore and Karachi.
Moreover, about two lockers measuring four-six feet have also been recovered which could not be opened so far.
In addition, local and foreign currency worth millions of rupees has been recovered. The foreign currency includes Saudi riyal, Singapore dollar, UAE dhirams and US dollars.
On the other hand, an accountability court has approved three-day transit remand of former DG Parks Liaquat Qaimkhani.
To a question by a journalist about his luxurious lifestyle despite having Rs1.5 million annual salary, Liaquat Qaimkhani said that he belonged to an agrarian family. However, he did not respond to the question about his lockers.
He has been arrested in the Baharia Icon case and he faces the charge of awarding fake contracts as DG Parks.
According to sources, Liaquat Ali Qaimkhani was appointed as gardener in KMC. Then Karachi Nazim Naimatullah had specially created the post of DG Parks and appointed him.